Qualcomm Sees Licensing Model in Wireless EV Charging Technology

5/15/12Follow @bvbigelow

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just about everybody,” Gilbert said, primarily through Tier 1 suppliers like Germany’s Peiker Acustic.

Gilbert says there are no rival standard-setting organizations, or advocates for a competing wireless recharging standard. Still, Qualcomm has a lot of experience—both good and bad—in adopting new technical standards, and the company undoubtedly wants to get out front to ensure its wireless charging technology is included in any new standards that are adopted.

Gilbert also noted that while many investors are focused on Qualcomm’s chip business, the company generates more than a third of its revenue from royalty payments generated by its licensing agreements with some 230 companies. In fiscal 2011, for example, generated $5.4 billion out of almost $15 billion in total revenue.

As with its Qualcomm Technology Licensing division, Gilbert said, “We’re very focused on the end-to-end success of a new technology being adopted. [Technology licensing] is exactly the same model we’ll be applying to the wireless charging business, because a complex and long ecosystem of work needs to be done. It will require [wireless] spectrum. It will require regulatory support. It will require a single standard, and so on and so forth.”

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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