Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?
by Alan Friedman / Nov 16, 2017, 8:38 PM
From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant of the Apple iPhone 7, while Intel supplied the same part for the GSM versions. And while Qualcomm's modem chip is considered superior to Intel's, last month, there was talk about Apple dropping Qualcomm for the 2018 iPhone handsets. Today's report says that Intel and Apple will add the new Intel modem on to a system-on-a-chip that would also include Apple's A-series CPU and other iPhone components. The chipset would be built at an Intel factory.
Intel's XMM 8060 5G modem chip should be offered by the chip maker prior to the expected 2020 launch of 5G service. The company announced today that it has completed a phone call over a 5G network on the 28GHz band. The 5G modem chip used was a prototype of a component that Intel introduced during the Consumer Electronics Show this past January.
source: FastCompany via AppleInsider
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I'll laugh if this results in lower data speeds or higher power draw than Qualcomm.
posted on Nov 16, 2017, 8:54 PM 0
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Obviously, but Apple shamelessly gimped Qualcomm version of iPhoneX by disabling LTE-advanced in qualcomm to make the speed of those 2 version comparablehttp://bgr.com/2017/11/14/ipho
and compared to Note8 LTE speed, the difference is massivehttp://bgr.com/2017/11/14/ipho ne-x-vs-galaxy-note-8-lte-speed-test-its-not-even-close/
posted on Nov 16, 2017, 9:15 PM 0
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Apple better not be using stolen Qualcomm tech to help design this new modem like Qualcomm claims. Qualcomm might have sort of a monopoly when it comes to modems but in their lawsuits against Apple, it very much seems like Apple is the guilty party if you assume what Qualcomm claims is true and what they are saying doesn't sound far fetched. Anyway I love the idea of Apple and Intel collaborating on a new modem as long as it is all legitimate, I sincerely hope it is because this modem is bound to be great and I really want Apple to be able to use it!
posted on Nov 16, 2017, 9:04 PM 0
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On one side, there is the greedy & extremely wealthy merchandiser who is good at consumer marketing and mixing old/new technologies. On the other side, there is the SoC developer who has been trying to keep the ransom imposed upon all its customers as long and as high as possible. Both are not innocent. Perhaps the wealthy merchandiser can simply pay cash to buy out the SoC developer to resolve the argument.
posted on Nov 16, 2017, 9:17 PM 0
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I bet a company like Qualcomm is busy doing a lot to be bigger then others that we don't know.
posted on Nov 16, 2017, 9:38 PM 0
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Like the way Apple are moving. Just diss every manufacture and make all chips by themself. Sooner or later the big bubble will burst and let see if all billions can save them.
posted on Nov 17, 2017, 6:09 AM 0
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