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EU Says Qualcomm Tactics May Have Unfairly Crushed Rivals

  • Two complaints target predatory pricing, exclusivity payments
  • EU's Vestager says Qualcomm may have pushed out competitors
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Qualcomm Inc. was sent antitrust objections by the European Union over sales tactics that regulators say thwarted rivals for mobile-phone chip technology.

Qualcomm "has paid significant amounts" since 2011 to an unidentified major smartphone and tablet manufacturer in return for it exclusively using Qualcomm chipsets in products, the European Commission said in an e-mailed statement. The company may also have sold some chipsets below cost from 2009 to 2011 to crush smaller competitor Icera, now owned by Nvidia Inc.