Intel gives up on 5G modems

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent and royalty debate, making ready for the last’s 5G modems to be introduced on the former’s smartphones in the year 2020 and past. Intel, which staked its expectations on swooping up a substantial iPhone modem contract, has collapsed upon itself, reporting that it is finishing development of its 5G modems for smartphones.


The company expressed that it will satisfy existing 4G smartphone modem contracts, but won’t seek after new ones pending a business appraisal on 4G and 5G modems for PCs, internet of things products, and different devices. Intel will keep on concentrating on the 5G network framework. The Apple-Qualcomm struggle has been developing for over 3 years based on claims against the chipmaker, for overcharging for its patent licenses, and the iPhone maker, for not paying due royalties. One of the impacts this had was that Intel was welcomed to provide cellular modems to a bit of the 2016 and 2017 iPhone models before it turns into an exclusive supplier for the 2018 generation.

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With market analysts speculating that Apple would release a 5G iPhone in 2020 and a years-long trial with Qualcomm about to go in progress, Intel was viewed as a leading contender in a potential field of hopeful, though its 4G technologies were tested to be inferior to Qualcomm solutions and its 5G exhibits weren’t doing much better. Today’s settlement leaves Intel in unpleasant waters. It is expected that Apple will also discard the Core processor series for its Macs and replace those chips with its own design. AMD’s ongoing competitive flood is also putting weight on Intel’s bottom line — Sony reported today it picked a Ryzen Chipset to control its PlayStation 5.


Shares of INTC ended up 0.76% in Tuesday’s main trading regardless of a dip as Apple and Qualcomm made headlines. Not long after issuing its exit declaration, Intel stock flooded 4% towards the end of the after-hours session.