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  • Apple to Reportedly Use Intel LTE Chips for Next-Gen iPhone


    The Cupertino California company is reportedly turning to Intel’s new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-gen iPhone model in 2016. The news suggests that the company is looking to diversify its baseband chip suppliers. The fast wireless modem is set to be used in an upcoming variant which is targeted for release in emerging markets such a as Asia and Latin America.

    This report claims that Apple engineers have been traveling “for months’ to Intel’s LTE chip research and development offices in Munich, Germany to work on the project. Intel previously acquired the facility and purchased Infineon for $1.4 billion back in 2010. The Cupertino California company ended up tapping Infineon to provide chipsets for the original iPhone which was introduced in 2007 and continued to source silicon from the firm until it was bought out by Intel. At this point, Apple ended up relying on chips from Qualcomm, but it should be noted that relations with the company have been “uneasy.”

    Despite the fact that Intel is a major supplier for Apple’s Mac lineup, the opportunity for Intel to provide chips for the iPhone was passed up. Tension between the two companies continued to increase as Intel pushed its Atom processors in products competing against iOS devices, which ended up being powered by Apple’s ARM-based A-series silicon.

    As far as the XMM 7360, a brief which detailed the product noted that key features include LTE-FDD/TDD of up to 450 Mbps, LTE Advanced up to Category 10, Voice Over LTE, 3X carrier aggregation and the usual wide variety of worldwide ban support. Most notably, the chip seems to be compatible with TD-SCDMA which is a unique wireless standard that is used by China Mobile.

    We’ll have to wait and see if the information provided by the report turns out to be true.

    Source: VentureBeat
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Reportedly Use Intel LTE Chips for Next-Gen iPhone started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      If Apple does utilize this chipset, then more than likely it'll be only for non-US devices or a separate model for certain countries (China, for example). Either that or have Intel make enough modifications to make it more U.S.-friendly.

      The chipset mentioned doesn't support CDMA from the data sheets I've looked over, which means VZW, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and about a near dozen other regional carriers would lose the ability to have backup voice support.

      Yes, I know it's becoming moot in many areas, but there's still a need to offer CDMA backup, at least on many regional carriers.

      Sounds good to diversify though, as that might mitigate costs and drive cost of production down.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Doesn't really matter how fast or much faster the chips are anyways. The bottleneck for speed is at the carriers and their cell towers. These specs sound good and all for marketing purposes, but that about it!
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
      If Apple does utilize this chipset, then more than likely it'll be only for non-US devices or a separate model for certain countries (China, for example). Either that or have Intel make enough modifications to make it more U.S.-friendly.

      The chipset mentioned doesn't support CDMA from the data sheets I've looked over, which means VZW, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and about a near dozen other regional carriers would lose the ability to have backup voice support.

      Yes, I know it's becoming moot in many areas, but there's still a need to offer CDMA backup, at least on many regional carriers.

      Sounds good to diversify though, as that might mitigate costs and drive cost of production down.

      CDMA is going away. When Verizon completes its rollout of LTE, they will put CDMA to sleep. I saw this coming years ago when they first rolled out CDMA/EV-DO and the rest of the world was pretty much on 3G/GSM. Sprint also failed with its WiMax and they are also looking to complete their LTE rollout.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      CDMA is going away. When Verizon completes its rollout of LTE, they will put CDMA to sleep. I saw this coming years ago when they first rolled out CDMA/EV-DO and the rest of the world was pretty much on 3G/GSM. Sprint also failed with its WiMax and they are also looking to complete their LTE rollout.
      Verizon & Sprint yes, but don't forget about the smaller carriers that have to still buildout a network and retain customer base. That's not easy to do without time and retaining legacy support. That's the issue, IMO.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
      Verizon & Sprint yes, but don't forget about the smaller carriers that have to still buildout a network and retain customer base. That's not easy to do without time and retaining legacy support. That's the issue, IMO.
      The smaller carriers piggy back off the big 4.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      The smaller carriers piggy back off the big 4.
      Pretty much
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      CDMA is going away. When Verizon completes its rollout of LTE, they will put CDMA to sleep. I saw this coming years ago when they first rolled out CDMA/EV-DO and the rest of the world was pretty much on 3G/GSM. Sprint also failed with its WiMax and they are also looking to complete their LTE rollout.
      Don't tell that to about 50% of the city I live in. Not all of us live in cities with 80K plus populations. Areas that you would think would have a good signal don't. Until recently they had to use a LTE to landline Ethernet booster in the local corporate store because the LTE signal was so poor they had to walk out back to get a phone to activate on LTE. I live in a city of around 18,000 and we are the county seat so you can imagine what it is like for the surrounding communities. In several of them you can not even get a cell signal.