As we wrote earlier, after many years of disputes in court, Qualcomm and Apple announced a truce and signed
Commenting on the decision to abandon the releasemodems, Intel CEO Robert Swan noted: “In light of the announcement from Apple and Qualcomm, we assessed the prospects for us to make money supplying this technology for smartphones, and concluded that we do not have such an opportunity. We are very excited about the possibilities of 5G and the transition of networks to the cloud, but in the smartphone modem sector 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 significant number of wireless solutions and IP.”
In addition, every year the production businessmodems generates about $1 billion in losses. After all, Intel does not have the most advanced solutions, and in terms of time it is clearly losing to its competitors. For example, if Qualcomm had a 5G modem ready for a long time, then Intel was going to release it only in a year or two.
As it turns out, Apple and Intel are in negotiationsabout the purchase of a 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 produce modems for smartphones that support fifth-generation networks.
In addition to Apple, several other companies are interested in the purchase. According to rumors, Intel wants to sell all developments and patents, but how much it will cost and whether the deal will even take place is still unknown.