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Apple Signs Agreement to Acquire the Majority of Intel's 5G Modem Business to Further Differentiate its Products

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Way back in late-April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Prior to the Apple-Qualcomm Deal, Apple was rumored to be in talks to Acquire Intel's 5G Modem Division." In Mid-June we followed up with a report titled "Apple Reportedly still interested in buying Intel's Modem Division." On Monday we posted yet another report titled "A Rumor still Swirls that Apple is in Talks with Intel for their 5G Modem Chip business." Today rumor became fact.


In a press release this afternoon Apple states that they have signed an agreement with Intel 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.


Intel CEO Bob Swan: "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. 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."


Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies: "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." For the legal statement, read the full announcement here. Intel's press release mirrors the key passages in this report.  


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