CHIP VENDOR Qualcomm told The INQUIRER that it does not have an
exclusive agreement to be the sole chip supplier for Windows Phone 7
Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip was recently given a makeover by the firm
in the hope that device makers, developers and users might be able to
distinguish what Qualcomm chip is in their smartphone. Regardless of
what model of Snapdragon is under the screen, the chip vendor has had
considerable success and the Snapdragon is the reference chip for use
in Microsoft's WP7 devices.
With Qualcomm's Snapdragon being the reference design for WP7
handsets, it is understandable to think that Microsoft and Qualcomm
have signed a piece of paper ensuring some sort of exclusivity.
However Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm told The
INQUIRER that Qualcomm "does not have an exclusive on WP7", adding
that "there is no written exclusive".
Distancing themselves from Microsoft is no doubt due to the abysmal
failure of WP7.