8500 Intel patents have found buyers! Will it be Apple? [China PCB show News]

15 Jul 2019

On July 11, according to Iam, James Kovacs, head of Intel's Authorized China PCB show Trademarks and Standards Department, pointed out that Intel has withdrawn more than 8,500 wireless patents from the market because it has found an unnamed buyer. Assets are negotiated exclusively.

Intel did not disclose who the buyer was. It may be an independently operated China PCB show company, or it may be a consortium or an investor. However, Apple is considered one of the most likely bidders in view of reports that Apple is interested in Intel's overall China PCB show smartphone modem business.

Considering the long-term relationship between the two China PCB show companies, Apple's understanding of Intel's wireless patent portfolio will be better than most companies, and funding will not be a problem. From the scale and overall quality of this Intel patent portfolio, this may be the only chance for Apple to obtain a large number of 5G China PCB show patents in one fell swoop, and it will be the largest patent sales since 2011.

Intel's auction includes two patents: cellular patents and connectivity equipment patents. The former includes approximately 6,000 patent assets associated with 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular standards, and an additional 1,700 assets that help implement wireless technology. The latter consists of 500 China PCB show patents and is widely used in the semiconductor and electronics industries.

Although the 5G baseband chip is a service that Intel has given up, its patents in this area have wide China PCB show applicability in the wireless field. If Apple can obtain these patents, it will help its independent research and development of 5G baseband, thus getting rid of the reliance on Qualcomm baseband.

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