Intel has at least 1,000 employees working with Apple to get Intel's 7360 LTE modem chipset into Apple's 2016 iPhones, according to a VentureBeat report. The report, citing unnamed sources, said Intel might end up providing the modem as well as the fabrication for a new Apple system-on-a-chip for the iPhone.
According to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, Samsung LSI and HiSilicon grabbed the top five baseband revenue share spots in the second quarter.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the company remains "solidly on track" to achieve its previously committed goal to cut around $800 million from losses in its mobile business this year and said more than 75 percent of that goal has already been realized so far. The chipset maker also confirmed it acquired the CDMA modem assets of VIA Telecom.
Marvell said it is going to undertake a "significant restructuring" of its mobile chipset unit and indicated it is going to get out of the smartphone and tablet processor business. The company said it will cut around 17 percent of its global workforce and plans to continue to focus on Wi-Fi and other wireless standards "needed to support its strategies in existing markets as well as expanding into emerging opportunities" in the Internet of Things, networking and automotive markets.
Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is expected to be in many flagship smartphones in 2016, will support LTE-Unlicensed technology thanks to its upgraded modem. The silicon and technology giant noted that new phones powered by the chipset will be out in the first half of next year, and if customers are on a network that supports LTE-U, users "may experience a sudden boost in LTE speeds in areas that normally suffer from congestion."
Intel's chips will ship in around 50 percent of the new models of Apple's iPhones, according to a report from Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard.
Qualcomm has been the leader in the LTE baseband chipset market, and it still is, but it now has a clear strong competitor in the form of MediaTek, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
Nvidia said it will wind down its Icera cellular baseband operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which will end this summer. The company said it is open to a sale of the technology or operations.
The next versions of Apple's iPhones will include an LTE modem chipset from Intel, according to a VentureBeat report, a move that would give a major boost to Intel's wireless ambitions and hit Intel rival Qualcomm.
Broadcom got out of the cellular baseband business in mid-2014 because it was losing $2 million per day staying in that market, which is dominated by Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek and others, according to CEO Scott McGregor.