Intel announced the cooperation with MediaTek a few days ago,5g baseband is introduced into notebook to realize the goal of full-time Online。 More than half a year ago, Intel didn't need someone else's 5g baseband at all. Now it's impossible, because Intel sold its consumer baseband business to apple, but Intel recently said that they had to sell their baseband business, not willingly.
In early 2017, Apple announced a lawsuit against Qualcomm. The relationship between the two sides broke down in baseband cooperation. In order to put pressure on Qualcomm, apple chose Intel's 4G baseband, which successfully entered the smartphone baseband chip market. Until this year, Apple was using Intel baseband business on iPhone 11.
In a series of patent cases between apple and Qualcomm, Qualcomm also needs to face the antitrust lawsuit of the FTC Federal Trade Commission of the United States. Intel is also a witness of this case. This antitrust is the most lethal to Qualcomm. Moreover, before the San Jose District Court judge Lucy KOH made the adverse judgment of Qualcomm's exclusion of competitors.
However, in view of the importance of Qualcomm in the U.S. communications industry, many U.S. government departments have also appealed to the court to suspend the judgment of Lucy Koh, and Qualcomm has also appealed to overturn the previous judgment.
In this process, Intel also participated in the evidence. According to the documents exposed recently, Intel provided evidence that it was not voluntary for them to withdraw from the baseband chip market,Forced by Qualcomm。
Steven, general counsel for Intel
On July 25, 2019,Apple and Intel jointly announce that Apple will acquire Intel's smartphone baseband businessAt that time, 2200 Intel employees will join apple.Apple will pay Intel $1 billion for these employees, intellectual property rights and other devices, but Intel can still retain the baseband business of non smartphones。
Prior to that, in April, apple and Qualcomm announced a settlement. Qualcomm baseband was purchased by Apple again, and the new generation of 5g baseband will be used for mobile phones as soon as 2020.