In a move that follows today's shocking settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has suddenly announced that it won't even try to build 5G smart phone modems. Apple had attempted to replace Qualcomm as the supplier of the modem chips with Intel, but reported problems with implementing 5G technology were a reason why it is not expected to appear in an iPhone this year.
Intel said in a statement that "Do not expect to launch 5G modem products in your smartphone site, including those originally planned for launches by 2020." According to CEO Bob Swan "We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and" cloudification " of the network, but in the smartphone model industry, it has become clear that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns. "
As recently as last November, Intel said it was speeding up the development of 5G modem tech, and posted a plan of attack on us at the CES scene in January. Now it will "consider" the possibilities of 4G and 5G in PC, IoT and other devices, while continuing to invest in developing 5G infrastructure technology.