Apple Has Aggressive Goal of 2021 for Working Modem Chip [Report]

Apple Has Aggressive Goal of 2021 for Working Modem Chip [Report]

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Apple is aiming to produce its own working modem chip by 2021 following the acquisition of Intel's smartphone modem business, reports Reuters.

A person familiar with the matter said Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s modem technology for a 5G iPhone in 2020 but wants to have an internally developed 5G modem technology ready for use in some of its products by 2021. Intel previously disclosed plans to have a 5G modem ready by 2020, so tapping the Intel assets could help Apple hit its target.

The deal to acquire a majority of Intel's modem business was just announced yesterday. As part of the acquisition 2,200 Intel employees will move to Apple along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction is valued at $1 billion.

Apple has reportedly partnered with Taiwan’s Global Unichip Corp, a chip design house in which TSMC is an investor, to explore a modem design.

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Apple Has Aggressive Goal of 2021 for Working Modem Chip [Report]

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