Qualcomm drops UMB development effort

Not surprisingly, Qualcomm said it was dropping development efforts around Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) technology, the proposed 4G path for CDMA networks, in favor of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The move comes after the world's largest CDMA operators such as Verizon Wireless and Canada's CDMA operator have announced plans to move to LTE. CEO Paul Jacobs said in January that he was still hopeful UMB had a chance, despite the fact that Verizon announced its intention to support LTE. Since then, a host of other operators have followed Verizon's lead.

Based on an announcement earlier this year, Qualcomm expects to begin sampling multi-mode chips that include LTE during the second quarter of 2009.

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