Friday, 06 July 2018 10:11

Intel halts 5G modem work after Apple decides not to use it

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Apple has reportedly notified processor giant Intel that it will not be using the latter's 5G modems in its 2020 mobile devices, leading to a halt in production of the same.

The Israeli tech website Calcalist said it had seen internal Intel communications about the issue and also spoken to people said to be familiar with the matter.

It said further development of the modem, known internally as "Sunny Peak" had been halted and the staff involved would be directed to other efforts. The device, a 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth product, was specifically designed for Apple's future smartphones and other mobile devices.

The Intel communications seen by Calcalist described Apple as the "key mobile customer" for the 5G mobile modem and it expected Apple to be the "main volume driver” for the product.

Apple was said to be facing "a massive effort" to launch 5G in its mobile devices, the Intel communications said, adding that the decision not to use Intel's modem was due to "many factors".

Using a new Wi-Fi standard known as WiGig (802.11ad) in "any mobile product brings new and unanticipated challenges", the communications said.

Intel told the site that it did not comment on matters that concerned its customers.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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