Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?

Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?
If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter's handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.

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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2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'll laugh if this results in lower data speeds or higher power draw than Qualcomm.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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/iphone-x-speed-test-att-vs-t-mobile-qualcomm-vs-intel/ and compared to Note8 LTE speed, the difference is massivehttp://bgr.com/2017/11/14/iphone-x-vs-galaxy-note-8-lte-speed-test-its-not-even-close/

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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!

8. P-YWS

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lets hope the court ruling is far and both get what they deserve!

9. P-YWS

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

In view of the sizable business, Apple is right to walk the path as is. They have the shareholder's interest to defend, don't they :)

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

First, they messed up with the 810 which caused overheating, , then delayed the successor to the 835 meaning that the 2017 Android flagships had to use a year old processor and now, this ...

12. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

I bet a company like Qualcomm is busy doing a lot to be bigger then others that we don't know.

20. Moniiing

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2018

The same as we Intel's do, i just read in here "tech360.asia/successful-partnership-intel-top-4-p​c-manufacturers/" that Intel's biggest competitors is Qualcomm

14. Hollowmost

Posts: 411; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Lol iPhone X get one third the speed of Galaxy note 8 Intel sux at modems ....

16. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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.

19. P-YWS

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Don't worry. Apple has so much money than any semiconductor company in the world it can buy out Intel or Qualcomm or Broadcom or ... in cash/stock. Problem solved.

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