Qualcomm and Apple end all litigation; Intel exits 5G modem market

RCRWireless News | April 17, 2019

Qualcomm and Apple end all litigation; Intel exits 5G modem market
Qualcomm and Apple agree to six-year patent and chipset supply: A long-brewing, global battle between Qualcomm and Apple ended yesterday with the two companies agreeing to end all ongoing litigation related to allegations from Apple that Qualcomm took a monopolistic stance with a “no license, no chips” policy related to Qualcomm’s extensive standard essential patent portfolio and pole position in the cellular modem market. Qualcomm previously provided modems for Apple’s iPhones but the Cupertino firm and its contract manufacturers cut off royalty payments. Apple then switched over to Intel modems. As it relates to 5G, Qualcomm has modems, RF front end components and SoCs in-market today, while Intel has yet to ship a 5G modem. Shortly after Apple and Qualcomm announced their accord, which also includes a one-time payment from Apple to Qualcomm and a six-year patent license and chipset supply agreement, Intel announced it will exist the 5G modem business. Intel’s new CEO Bob Swan, in a statement, said the company will focus its 5G-related efforts on cloud computing infrastructure rather than handsets. “In the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns. 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.” Qualcomm share prices jumped more than 20% on the news, Apple prices were largely flat and Intel was down slightly.

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Infosys Technologies Limited, incorporated in the year 1981 provides consulting and IT services. Infosys has been a pioneer in offering innovative solutions to its clients.The company offers a wide range of software services, namely application development and maintenance, corporate performance management, independent validation services, infrastructure services, packaged application services and product engineering and systems integration. It has five subsidiaries globally – Progeon Limited, Infosys Technology (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Infosys Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Progeon S.R.O. (Czech Republic) and Infosys Consulting Inc. It has presence across the globe with 30 offices spread over USA, Europe,Australia and Asia. It currently employs people from 53 different nations. Though the USA has been the main source of revenue for Infosys, the company is looking into expanding into Europe and Asia. Infosys (Australia) has won several new clients and Infosys (China) is focussing on serving the local clientele. Its high-end services occupy a premium position in the Japanese markets and the growth rates are consolidating across Europe.


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Infosys Technologies Limited, incorporated in the year 1981 provides consulting and IT services. Infosys has been a pioneer in offering innovative solutions to its clients.The company offers a wide range of software services, namely application development and maintenance, corporate performance management, independent validation services, infrastructure services, packaged application services and product engineering and systems integration. It has five subsidiaries globally – Progeon Limited, Infosys Technology (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Infosys Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Progeon S.R.O. (Czech Republic) and Infosys Consulting Inc. It has presence across the globe with 30 offices spread over USA, Europe,Australia and Asia. It currently employs people from 53 different nations. Though the USA has been the main source of revenue for Infosys, the company is looking into expanding into Europe and Asia. Infosys (Australia) has won several new clients and Infosys (China) is focussing on serving the local clientele. Its high-end services occupy a premium position in the Japanese markets and the growth rates are consolidating across Europe.

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