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Asian chipmakers mount 5G challenge to Qualcomm

Huawei aims to be next chip powerhouse while MediaTek shifts 3,000 workers to 5G

BARCELONA, Spain -- Asian chipmakers are gearing up to challenge Qualcomm's dominance in 5G modem chips as the latest mobile technology finds its way into everything from smartphones to self-driving cars.

Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chip designer, is the sole provider of 5G modem chips for the first 5G smartphones rolled out by Xiaomi, LG Electronics and ZTE. It also provides the chips, though not exclusively, for Samsung Electronics and others.

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