Intel May End Up Inside Apple's iPhone

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-10-19 Print this article Print
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Wireless modems are important in a world that is becoming increasingly connected and mobile and where people are relying on their smartphones for more than just making calls and playing games, Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager of mobility client platforms at Intel, told eWEEK in September.

"It is about having a computer in your pocket and not just a phone," Shenoy said.

Qualcomm is the dominant player in the space, but Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Communication and Devices Group in the Platform Engineering Group, said in a recent interview with eWEEK that the gap is closing.

"We're not talking years away," Evans said. "When you're going after volume, you can't be years away. ... We're 12 to 18 months to getting to that volume."

During a conference call with analysts and journalists this month to talk about third-quarter financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said company engineers understood the dynamics of the modem space.

"It's a competitive market, and it's not as much about how many players are in it," Krzanich said. "There are actually I think more than two. But it's really about keeping that yearly cadence and having the right technologies in place and being competitive, and it doesn't really matter almost how many there are, there will be somebody there trying to compete with you at that leading edge. That's where the modem is really driven—at that leading edge."



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