According to The Information, Apple is in talks with Intel to consider buying Intel's German modem division, after which Apple can develop its own modem chip at a faster speed.
Once Apple reaches an agreement with Intel, it could include Intel patents and products, according to people familiar with the talks. The final deal is similar to Apple's acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor. Dialog Semiconductor is a British company that specializes in designing electronic equipment energy management chips. Last year, Apple bought Dialog Semiconductor, for $600m. The company's 300 employees were awarded to Apple, and its patents were successfully won by Apple.
Apple has been negotiating with Intel since last year, but The Information warns that negotiations may still be fruitless. According to The Information estimates, once the acquisition is completed, Intel's German modem business unit will have hundreds of modem engineers transferred to Apple. In 2011, Intel acquired the chip manufacturer Infineon and then had a chip production base in Germany.
Apple hopes to develop its own modem chip and reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, but Apple technology will not be ready until a few years. The Information previously reported that Apple told job-seekers during the interview that it expects its own modem chip to be ready by 2025, much later than the industry estimate of 2021.