[TechWeb] July 11th news, according to foreign media reports, a few weeks ago, Intel took out nearly 8,500 wireless patents for auction. Now, the company has withdrawn the patents from the market and is said to be negotiating with an unnamed buyer.
Of the 8,500 patent assets sold by Intel, include 6,000 patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G wireless technologies, 1,700 patents related to wireless technology implementation, and more than 500 patents widely used in the semiconductor and electronics industries.
Intel did not disclose who the prospective bidder might be, but considering that there are reports that Apple is interested in the chipmaker's smartphone modem business, the iPhone giant is certainly one of the most likely bidders.
Apple and Intel have worked together on modem chips, and Intel has supplied modem chips for Apple's iPhone.
After Apple and Qualcomm fell into legal battles due to patent licensing fees, Qualcomm refused to supply chips for Apple's new iPhone in 2018. Therefore, all three iPhones, including the iPhone XR, which Apple introduced last year, all use Intel's modem chips.
Apple is expected to better understand the profitability and value of Intel's wireless assets, which will help Apple.
As we all know, Apple is developing its own mobile phone modem and will be put into use in the next few years. Undoubtedly, Intel's wireless assets will be very valuable to Apple, which will help it launch the 5G iPhone in the future.
Foreign media reported that if Apple can buy this part of Intel's patent, or modem business, or both, it will make it a leader in self-developed modems.
It is also worth noting that it is relatively easy for companies such as Apple to raise the money needed for auctions, while private investors may need some time to collect the resources needed for auctions.
In April of this year, Apple and Qualcomm reconciled and reached a patent licensing agreement and chip supply agreement for many years. After that, Intel announced its withdrawal from the 5G smartphone modem business.
After quitting the 5G smartphone modem market, Intel will continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business and will continue to fulfill its customer commitments to the existing 4G smartphone modem product line.
Then came Intel's intention to sell some of its modem units and Apple's intention to buy Intel's German modem division.
Foreign media quoted sources revealed that Apple is negotiating with Intel to acquire the latter's modem chip division in Germany. Foreign media expects that if the acquisition is completed, Intel's hundreds of modem chip engineers in Germany will join Apple.
Foreign media reported that Intel plans to auction more than 8,500 patents, but foreign media also stressed that even if this part of the patent is auctioned, Intel still holds a large number of important patent assets in wireless technology.
If interested companies can successfully buy part of Intel's patents, especially the 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular standard patents and the 1700 wireless technology implementation patents, it will greatly facilitate the R & D of their wireless technology. (Little Fox)