As we wrote earlier, after years of court disputes, Qualcomm and Apple announced a truce and signing
Commenting on the decision to refuse to releasemodems, Intel CEO Robert Swan (Robert Swan) said: “In the light of the announcement of Apple and Qualcomm, we evaluated the prospects for us to make money by supplying this technology for smartphones, and concluded that we have no such possibility. We are very pleased with the capabilities of 5G and the transition of networks to the clouds, but in the modem manufacturing sector for smartphones there is no clear vision of the path to profitability and positive results. 5G continues to be a strategic priority for Intel, and our team has developed a sufficient number of wireless solutions and intellectual rights. ”
In addition, each year the business of producingmodems brings about 1 billion dollars in losses. After all, Intel is far from the most advanced solutions, and in time it is clearly losing to competitors. For example, if Qualcomm has already prepared a 5G modem for a long time, then Intel was only going to release it in a year or two.
As it turned out, Apple and Intel are negotiatingBuying 5G business since last year. It seems that even despite the agreement with Qualcomm, the “apple” company is trying to become independent in this matter and to produce modems for smartphones with support for fifth-generation networks.
In addition to Apple, several other companies are interested in buying. According to rumors, Intel wants to sell all the development and patents, but how much it will cost and whether the transaction will take place at all is not yet known.