Qualcomm -2.8% as Apple mulls Intel modem purchase

Ruben Fields
June 14, 2019

Apple is in talks to purchase part of Intel's smartphone modem business, according to reports.

Any acquisition would likely see the transfer of hundreds of modem engineers to Apple, the Information reported.

Over the past year, Apple has hired a number of key Intel executives as it looks to build its own modem team in-house. Unfortunately for Apple, this partnership was only met with more issues:Intel reportedly couldn't deliver on Apple's deadlines, forcing Apple to settle with Qualcomm for around $4.5 billion and switch back to Qualcomm as its modem supplier. Intel had then stated that it received tremendous interest from buyers to acquire it's 5G modem business but refused to mention the name of any company.

Apple has a lengthy history of chip design, and "having more and more components under their own roof would make them more in charge of their own design destiny, timing and launches", one solution provider partner of Apple, who asked to not be identified, told CRN previously.

It's not the first time the reports of the iPhone maker's interest in the chipmaker's German unit have surfaced.

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Sources told The Information that a potential deal between the two technology heavyweights would include Intel's products as well as patents. The $600 million deal brought roughly 300 Dialog Semiconductor employees and some patents to Cupertino.

However, the latest report is the first time the German arm of the business has been referenced, suggesting that Apple is in negotiations with the company and is ironing out the final points. The iPhones continued to use Infineon modems until Apple switched to Qualcomm in 2011.

This group provided baseband chips for the iPhones from 2007 through 2010.

Soon after employing Intel's 4G modems in its devices, Apple found that the modems have poorer performance and energy efficiency compared to Qualcomm's devices. Acquiring the Intel activities could also help speed up its development of a 5G iPhone. Apple moves with a strategic plan as it wants to cut off its dependence on third-party hardware maker and wants to manufacture its own modems.

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