After the outcome of the patent licensing case between Apple and Qualcomm a few days ago, Intel has announced that it will exit the business of 5G modem-making for smartphones. The giant chipmaker based in Santa Clara has also said it is assessing the remaining opportunities for producing PCs, IOT and data-focused devices. However, they confirmed that they gonna continue to make infrastructure components for the 5G network.

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Intel's chips have been facing many problems with the cooling and power efficiency of it 1st and 2nd 5G modems

Bod Swan - the CEO of the company has suggested that they quitted due to "they can't compete in the smartphone modem business". He said, “it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns.”. However, according to him, 5G is still  “a strategic priority” for the company and reveal that Intel is going through the options of its IP and wireless products.

As the company still selling its 4G modems, they say that they will keep continuing to provide support for these products.  But still, it will exit the 5G modems business for smartphones. This continuation of Intel 4G modem business will allow companies like Apple to continue with the current production line with Intel chips before the transition to other products.

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The company will not be the main supplier of 5G modems to Apple

This announcement of Intel has brought an end to the speculation that Intel will be the main supplier of 5G modems to Apple. Just two weeks ago, Intel has rebuffed with a report saying that it faced many problems in the 5G modem development, and questioning the source spreading the rumor that this company is the supply prospects of Apple.

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Qualcomm is working already on its third 5G modem

5G technology has added many new layers of complexity to the process of modern engineering. On the other hand, Qualcomm is working already on its third 5G modem, while Intel has been facing many problems with the cooling and power efficiency of it 1st and 2nd 5G modems. Moreover, with the usage of millimeter wave of sub-6 GHz and the lower-frequency radios make the antenna designs incredibly difficult to make.

With this exit of Intel, there will be only four major players left in the competition of 5G smartphone modem: Samsung, Qualcomm, Huawei, and MediaTek.