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Apple Shared Secret Qualcomm Chip Info With Intel, Suit Says

03 November 2017, 12:31 | Camille Rivera

With that in mind, Apple apparently requires deeper access to Qualcomm's code in order to get the LTE chip communicating with the rest of the device, as well as networks. But, recent news reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest Apple are designing products which don't require Qualcomm components, which would free Apple from Qualcomm's influence.

In its complaint to the ITC, Qualcomm asked the body to ban 'iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm┬┤s affiliates'. Second, the iPhone maker has been manufacturing some of its devices with Intel modems since past year, which could potentially give Qualcomm's allegations more weight in court.

The company started using Intel's broadband modem chips in the iPhone 7.

Qualcomm's legal spat with Apple is growing nastier; the chip giant now claims Apple tried to give rival Intel a sneak peek into Qualcomm's trade secrets. Apple made an email request for proprietary information from Qualcomm and included an Intel engineer on the distribution list, according to the suit.

The chip maker's latest move takes the form of a lawsuit that was submitted to the California state court in San Diego on Wednesday and hit the news cycle this morning.

The US chipmaker Qualcomm's legal battle with Apple did not dampen its growth as the company beat estimates with $5.96 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year that ended September 30.

In contrast, revenue from Qualcomm's licensing business fell 36 percent to $1.21 billion in the quarter ended September 24. The escalating dispute over technology licensing fees stems from Apple's initial accusation that Qualcomm charges too much, and unfairly leverages its strong market position.



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