Most consumers don’t care what makes their smartphones work, even though smartphones cost a good chunk of change. As long as they can get online anywhere to search, tweet, download, snap and share; all is well. But it’s the ability to connect to the Internet that makes a smartphone, smart.

The technology that enables this connectivity is a small but very complex computer chip called a semiconductor, which sends and receives signals from cell towers. Unfortunately, competition in the chipset space is being restricted and the continuous cycle of innovation that drives the tech industry appears threatened by a major player in the industry.

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