Confirmed: Apple buys Intel's modem division for $1 billion

Intel sells off its failing modem division to Apple for $1 billion.

Published Thu, Jul 25 2019 9:25 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:47 AM CST

We knew it was coming but now it is official: Apple has acquired Intel's modem division including 17,000 patents and most of its staff, for $1 billion.

Confirmed: Apple buys Intel's modem division for $1 billion |

Intel will see around 2200 of its employees joining Apple, with physical equipment and facilities to be transferred from Intel to Apple now that the deal is done. Intel is abandoning the modem market, but it's not getting rid of everything in the division. The company explains it will "retain the ability to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet-of-things devices and autonomous vehicles".

Apple's SVP of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji adds: "Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they'll thrive in Apple's creative and dynamic environment. They, together with our significant acquisition of innovative IP, will help expedite our development on future products and allow Apple to further differentiate moving forward".

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