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Intel announces the sale of the business of modem smartphone

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Published on Dec 02, 2019

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Intel announces the sale of the business of modem smartphone

Intel has announced that it has completed the sale of most of his work as a modem for smartphone to Apple for $ 1 billion following the regulatory approval. The transaction was first announced in July and includes intellectual property, equipment and about 2,200 employees as Intel, will join Apple.

The agreement requires Apple to acquire a large patent portfolio in wireless from Intel. Apple now holds more than 17,000 patents in wireless technology, ranging from the protocols to the standard cellular architecture, the modem and the modem operation.

Intel will retain the ability to develop modem for applications not smartphone, like PC, devices, Internet-of-things and autonomous vehicles.

Last week, Intel has admitted to having sold its work as a modem for smartphone to Apple with “a loss of several billion dollars,“ according to court documents uncovered by Reuters. Intel has added that the practice of license of the patent of the competitor Qualcomm have “strangled competition” and was forced to exit the market.

It is expected that Apple will use the Qualcomm modem for his first iPhone-enabled for 5G, the next year, in the framework of a license agreement of six years between the companies. For the future, numerous reports have claimed that Apple has plans to develop its own modem for the iPhone by 2022-23, and the agreement Intel will surely help those efforts.

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