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Five questions about the accidental settlement between Apple and Qualcomm

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2019/4/18 1:01:34     readed:183


As part of the settlement agreement, Apple agreed to pay Qualcomm an undiscounted amount. In addition, the two companies have reached a six-year global patent licensing agreement, which may be extended for another two years. After the two sides settled and reached a cooperation, Intel announced that it would withdraw from the 5G mobile baseband market.

Foreign media TheVerge raised five questions about this accident settlement agreement:

1. Why did Apple suddenly choose to settle? In the past two years, Apple is preparing to compete with Qualcomm for patent litigation. Apple has withheld all of Qualcomm’s royalties and turned toiPhoneIntel's baseband is used on XS, and Qualcomm has been trying to ban Apple's "patent infringement" product sales in major markets. What happened, or what is going to happen, let Apple give up everything and agree to reconcile?

2. How did Intel take into account Apple's decision? Hours after Apple and Qualcomm announced a settlement, Intel said it would exit its 5G mobile baseband business. The announcement on the day of the settlement could not be a coincidence. DaringFireball's John Gruber concluded that Apple chose to settle with Qualcomm after learning that Intel was planning to exit its 5G mobile baseband business. Or, as Bloomberg believes, Apple chose to settle with Qualcomm, and Intel later decided to abandon its 5G baseband business, suggesting that Intel's 5G baseband could not meet Apple's demands.

3. What are the specific terms of the deal? The news that Qualcomm's share price has risen sharply, but there is still no news to determine how much Apple has paid for Qualcomm. In the future Qualcomm's chips and patents.

4. When will the first 5G iPhone come out?

Obviously, the above coincidences indicate that Apple is very likely to release the first 5G iPhone in the near future, and Apple seems to be able to choose Qualcomm's 5G baseband option. Only five months after Apple’s upcoming iPhone release, the 5G baseband is unlikely to appear in this year’s iPhone series. Bloomberg predicts that we will see Apple’s first 5g in 2020.Mobile phone.

5. When will Apple make its own 5G mobile baseband?

Apple obviously does not want to rely solely on Qualcomm's 5G baseband to pay high patent fees. Samsung has already had a dialogue with Samsung and MTK.HuaweiIt also said that the sale of chips to Apple is "open-minded" (although specific negotiations between the two companies have not yet taken place). However, in the long run, Apple may be planning to develop a funded 5G baseband chip. Now that Intel is out of business, buying Intel's modem ip may help. Bloomberg quoted an analyst as saying that Apple may be preparing to make its own modem in just three years.

Now, Intel announced that it will withdraw from the 5G baseband business, and Apple is likely to purchase the relevant intellectual property rights of Intel's baseband business, which will be very helpful.

Bloomberg quoted analyst Ben Bajarin as saying that Apple is planning to build its own baseband within three years.

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