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Qualcomm’s Biz Practices Drove us Out of Chip Market, Claims Intel

Approximately 2,200 Intel employees were then said to join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases

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FILE- This Jan. 1, 2018, file photo shows an Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh. VOA

Months after selling its smartphone modem chip business to Apple, Intel has said chipset making giant Qualcomm’s business practices pushed it out of the modem chip market.

Intel has filed a brief supporting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and opposing Qualcomm’s appeal of the judgment passed in May against Qualcomm by US District Court, Northern District of California.

The court found that “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs and end consumers.” The court also found that Qualcomm’s conduct “unfairly tends to destroy competition itself.”

“Intel agrees with the District Court’s findings. Intel suffered the brunt of Qualcomm’s anticompetitive behavior, was denied opportunities in the modem market, was prevented from making sales to customers and was forced to sell at prices artificially skewed by Qualcomm. We filed the brief because we believe it is important for the Court of Appeals to hear our perspective,” Steven Rodgers, Intel’s General Counsel, wrote in a post on Friday.

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

The California headquartered firm also noted that it sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at an “a multi-billion dollar loss”.

“We invested billions, hired thousands, acquired two companies and built innovative world-class products that eventually made their way into Apple’s industry-leading iPhones, including the most recently released iPhone 11. But when all was said and done, Intel could not overcome the artificial and insurmountable barriers to fair competition created by Qualcomm’s scheme and was forced to exit the market this year,” Rodgers noted.

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Apple, in July, announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.

Approximately 2,200 Intel employees were then said to join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment, and leases. (IANS)

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Chip-Maker Intel Launches Latest 5G Portfolio, Second Generation Processors

Intel also announced two new processors (Intel Xeon Gold 6256 and 6250) that feature the industry's highest server processor frequency

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Intel also announced two new processors (Intel Xeon Gold 6256 and 6250) that feature the industry's highest server processor frequency. Wikimedia Commons

Chip-maker Intel on Monday unveiled a brand new 5G portfolio and optimized second-gen Intel Xeon scalable processors — the industry’s most widely deployed server platform with more than 30 million units sold.

The addition of new processors targets the majority of Intel’s mainstream Xeon Scalable customers across cloud, network and edge, the company said in a statement.?

“Working closely with our customers, we are delivering these new server processors to address their performance and pricing needs across a broad range of markets and workloads,” said Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group within Intel’s Data Platforms Group.

The 2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Gold processors deliver an average of 1.36 times higher performance and 1.42 times better performance-per-dollar, compared to the 1st-Gen Intel Xeon Gold processors.

Intel also announced two new processors (Intel Xeon Gold 6256 and 6250) that feature the industry’s highest server processor frequency.

The company also made a sweeping set of hardware and software announcements, including the launch of the new Intel Atom P5900, a 10nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for wireless base stations, which is a critical early deployment target for 5G networks.

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Chip-maker Intel on Monday unveiled a brand new 5G portfolio and optimized second-gen Intel Xeon scalable processors — the industry’s most widely deployed server platform with more than 30 million units sold. Wikimedia Commons

“As the industry makes the transition to 5G, we continue to see network infrastructure as the most significant opportunity representing a $25 billion silicon opportunity by 2023,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager, Data Platforms Group at Intel.

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“By offering customers the fastest and most effective path to design, deliver and deploy 5G solutions, across core, edge and access, we are poised to expand our leading silicon position in this growing market,” Shenoy added. (IANS)