Intel officially announced that it will give up the production of 5G modems for smartphones. The move represents a major strategy change for the company led by Bob Swan, who now plans to focus on 5G technology for network infrastructure.
The news follows the agreement between Apple and Qualcomm, which put an end to all disputes that opposed the company led by Tim Cook to the world's largest manufacturer of mobile processors.
Intel had been the company previously chosen by Apple to provide the chips for its future 5G smartphones. However Intel CEO Bob Swan says it has "become clear that there is no clear path to ensure the profitability" of the smartphone modem business by choosing to keep the company away from this area.
According to Business Insider, Intel was struggling to meet deadlines to produce its 5G chips. This uncertainty could jeopardize the planning of the launch of the next iPhones by Tim Cook's company.
On the other hand, Qualcomm specializes in the manufacture of modems, unlike Intel, whose core business lies in the area of processors for personal computers. Bob Swan's company has thus concluded that it would be more profitable to focus on a segment where it is much stronger and the news was well received by the markets – following the announcement of the withdrawal, Intel shares rose 4% .