Apple Continues Talks With Intel Over Modem Acquisition

Is Intel selling knowhow to Apple so it can develop its own 5G modem?

The first reports that Apple might be interested in Intel's smartphone modem business appeared in April. The Information estimates that a deal for Intel's German modem business could bring "hundreds" of modem engineers to Apple.

San Francisco: Apple is still mulling to acquire Intel's failed Germany-based modem business, The Information has reported citing sources. One of those was supposed to Intel, which found itself constantly defending its ability to deliver a competitive 5G modem in the face of understandable scepticism from the industry and, increasingly, from Apple itself.

Why does Apple want Intel's smartphone modem business?

"We have hired outside advisers to help us assess strategic options for our wireless 5G phone business", an Intel spokesman Told Apple Insider.

Cuba Gooding Jr. to turn himself over to police today
But it certainly doesn't help Gooding's case with the alleged Magic Hour groping incident, which was reported to police on June 9. Gooding won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1997 for his portrayal of an athlete in the film Jerry Maguire .

Apple has also reportedly bolstered its in-house engineering team to between 1,000 and 2,000 engineers to work on its own 5G modem chip. That is why it is only about the acquisition of technology and patents.

Previous year it bought UK-based power management chip firm Dialog Semiconductor in a deal that involved patents, staff and products and it is speculated that any deal with Intel would be similar. The iPhones continued to use Infineon modems until Apple switched to Qualcomm in 2011. Now in short order, Apple made a follow-up move that essentially pushed Intel out of the game.

This group provided baseband chips for the iPhones from 2007 through 2010. The enthusiasts were hoping that the 2019 iPhone, coming this September will have 5G support but unfortunately, that is not going to happen. A few months ago, Stefan Wolff, the head of Intel's German modem team, left Intel to join Apple. That might gain some pace though if Apple is able to acquire Intel's chip facility which could also lead to several of the latter's engineers joining Apple. To Apple's distress, Intel's plan regarding their 5G modems went to drain, and Apple had to look for another chipmaker for their 5G modem. Remember that Apple is now working on its own modem project, with plans to ditch third-party suppliers from 2022.

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