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Intel to sell smartphone modem business to Apple

By Ben Moore
Mon 29 Jul 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. 

Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. 

The transaction, valued at $1 billion, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, including works council and other relevant consultations in certain jurisdictions.

Combining the acquired patents for current and future wireless technology with Apple’s existing portfolio, Apple will hold over 17,000 wireless technology patents, ranging from protocols for cellular standards to modem architecture and modem operation. 

Intel will retain the ability to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet-of-things devices and autonomous vehicles.

“This agreement enables us to focus on developing technology for the 5G network while retaining critical intellectual property and modem technology that our team has created,” says Intel CEO Bob Swan. 

“We have long respected Apple and we’re confident they provide the right environment for this talented team and these important assets moving forward. We’re looking forward to putting our full effort into 5G where it most closely aligns with the needs of our global customer base, including network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and cloud service providers.”

Apple hardware technologies senior vice president Johny Srouji says “We’ve worked with Intel for many years and know this team shares Apple’s passion for designing technologies that deliver the world’s best experiences for our users.

“Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they’ll thrive in Apple’s creative and dynamic environment. They, together with our significant acquisition of innovative IP, will help expedite our development on future products and allow Apple to further differentiate moving forward.”

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Apple revolutionised personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 and today, has expanded to one of the most successful providers across the personal computing solution spectrum.

Apple’s four software platforms – iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.

Intel, a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of many of the world’s most powerful technologies. 

The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between. 

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