Intel's Smartphone Modem Business Now Officially Belongs to Apple

Intel says it sold its modem business cheap because Qualcomm are meanies

After first announcing a deal back in July, Intel is now finally getting out of the smartphone modem business thanks to some help from Apple.

Intel's alleged revelation of Qualcomm's anti-competitive business was brought to light when it filed a brief at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal that, as luck would have it, bears support to an on-going FTC antitrust probe against Qualcomm.

The company announced the completion of the US$1 billion sale Monday.

Intel invested billions of dollars over the last decade on its smartphone modem tech.

Intel general counsel Steven Rodgers said Intel had not been able to overcome the "artificial and insurmountable barriers to fair competition" created by Qualcomm's "brazen scheme", which he said had been "carefully crafted and implemented over many years".

The ruling obliges Qualcomm to change those licensing practices, but is not being enforced pending the company's appeal, which is expected to begin in early January.

Intel accused Qualcomm of their unethical business practices which forced them to make an exit from the market.

Meanwhile, auto manufacturers said Qualcomm refused to license its technology to chipmakers, instead carrying out "unnecessary, costly, and inefficient licensing negotiations" with the firms that build automobiles. In the file, Intel clarified that how chipset maker Qualcomm is hampering and disrupting out the potential competitors.

Months following the well-publicised sale of its smartphone modem business to Apple, Intel has hit out at Qualcomm, accusing the semiconductor giant of market dominance misbehaviour. 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.

When Apple was indulged in lawsuits with Qualcomm, Intel was the one who became the sole supplier for the iPhones. Both paths would continue Apple's trend of increasingly relying on its own chips for devices.

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