Intel sold most of the company’s smartphone modem production department to Apple. Sales have been completed as of today. After the agreement announced in July, the price was announced to be 1 billion dollars . Apple will then be able to use its own mobile modem manufacturing department against Qualcomm , which has recently suffered disagreements.
The deal covers only Intel’s mobile modem department . So the company; will continue to produce chips for technological products such as computers and IoT-supported devices. Autonomous vehicle modems will be produced at Intel. Apple is known to work in this sector.
Intel claims that Qualcomm’s anti-competitive patent tactics force this sale. The executives of the firm took part as witnesses in FTC’s investigations on Qualcomm. Qualcomm appealed , although the judge dropped the case.
With the completion of the agreement, Apple , another chain of the supply chain used for its products has been included in its own structure. Thus, the company did not have to work with third-party companies to design and produce the necessary equipment. Mobile modems are one of the most important points in smartphone design.
There are many different components that Apple has produced over time, ending external purchases. In the first 3 iPhone models, the Samsung A series of Apple processors had been used before the chipsets appeared. Later, the manufacturer wanted to gain more control over the devices and took the chip production into his own hands. Thus, the company was able to increase in terms of performance .
It is said that Apple will disable Intel processors on their computers in the future. The company may be preparing to use its own ARM-based processor instead. We will see the results of Apple’s move in the coming days.