LTE-focused mobile CPU joint-venture set up by Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT DoCoMo axed
Back in December, Samsung joined quite a few Japanese companies in declaring that they’re working to create a processor joint-venture that would be focused on designing LTE-capable chipsets for mobile devices. Alongside Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT Docomo (Japan’s largest carrier) were supposed to invest in this new company.
NTT Docomo set up a wholly owned subsidiary called Communication Platform Planning Co., Ltd. (CPP) with the sole goal of preparing for the formation of the joint-venture company which now isn’t going to exist anymore. So CPP has been effectively dissolved, NTT Docomo has announced. The agreement between the aforementioned companies has been terminated, and CCP’s liquidation process will end in June.
The reasoning for this move is intriguingly simple. The participating companies had set the goal of reaching a consensus on the details of the envisioned company by March 31, 2012. That simply hasn’t happened. We’re guessing each of the companies had its own vision about the joint-venture, and as such they simply weren’t able to come to an agreement on what and how to do. Hence, the joint-venture will be no more.
One could conceivably think that these companies must have been able to at least agree on extending the previously established deadline for the consensus reaching. However, their not doing that and preferring to scrap the whole plan instead clearly points out the fact that the differences in vision between them were simply too big to plausibly overcome.
So on the day that a new joint-venture is being announced in Japan (Japan Display Inc.), another one just bit the dust. Life goes on.