According to foreign media reports, Apple is negotiating with Intel to acquire Intel's modem chip business in Germany, thereby accelerating its self-developed chips. pace of.
The modem chip is mainly responsible for handling the analog signals and communications sent by the mobile phone. The mobile phone can answer calls and access the Internet. In 2011, Intel acquired the modem chip manufacturer Infineon for $1.4 billion, and the production base for the chip was based in Germany.
For Apple, modem chips are critical to them. In April this year,Apple chose to reconcile with Qualcomm and succumbed to high patent fees because they still rely on Qualcomm's modem products.
When Apple first and Qualcomm were noisy, there was a long time to choose Intel's modem, but because of the latest 5G baseband research and development, Intel can't keep up with Qualcomm, Huawei or even At the pace of MediaTek, Apple gave up Intel and returned to Qualcomm. In the same period, Intel also announced the abandonment of the 5G smartphone modem business.
In order to get rid of reliance on Qualcomm, Apple has also started to develop its own modems in recent years.Earlier, it was reported that Intel was selling the modem business in batches. The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had discussed with Intel about the acquisition of some of the Intel modem chips. Looking at it today, the acquisition negotiations are still in progress.
A person familiar with the matter said that the acquisition agreement between Apple and Intel may include Intel's patents and products, as well as some of the employees on the job. In addition, according to previous reports, Apple is expected to launch its own modem chip around 2025. If the acquisition negotiation is successful, Apple's modem chip development will inevitably accelerate.