Cupertino, MunichApple is according to a report of the technology blog "The Information" in talks with Intel about a purchase of the German modem division of the chip group. Intel had taken over the business of the German processor manufacturer Infineon years ago and in the course also over a thousand employees in Greater Munich.
The purchase can also include patents and products, according to a person familiar with the talks. According to this, however, a failure of the negotiations is still possible. There was no confirmation from Apple.
Intel had recently announced its intention to withdraw from the business with 5G modems for smartphones. The announcement followed only hours after Apple as the largest customer after years an agreement with the Intel competitor Qualcomm announced and a multi-year purchase agreement had closed. Intel consulted with external consultants to analyze strategic options for the 5G wireless modem business, "Intel said on request. The business had met with great interest.
Apple had repeatedly criticized the Intel-supplied modem chips for the iPhone as not sufficiently powerful and pursued ambitions to even enter the modem production. According to "The Information," the company recently recruited employees in San Diego, a hotspot for professionals in the division. Around 1200 jobs will be filled over the next three years. Nevertheless, a modem from Apple production is expected soon after 2025, estimates "The Information". However, a takeover of Intel's modem division in Germany could help accelerate development.
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