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Tapuach_B_Dvash Post time: 2017-12-2 04:55
Actually, it's too bad that China IQ is too low to make semi-conductors. Intel charges too much o ...
Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business, Focus 5G Efforts on Network Infrastructure and Other Data-Centric Opportunities
April 16, 2019
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 16, 2019 – Intel Corporation today announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices. Intel will also continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business. The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020.
“We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the ‘cloudification’ of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and our team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property. We are assessing our options to realize the value we have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.”
What does this mean?
Intel is out of the 5G race.
That leaves Qualcomm as the only US supplier of 5G modems to Apple, both of whom outsource the manufacturing of their SoCs chipsets — which uses the ARM CPU from the Japanese SoftBank — to TSMC in Taiwan.