Intel says Qualcomm tactics forced it out of modem chip market
Intel Corp bought its smartphone modem chip industry to Apple at “a multi-billion dollar loss,” the U.S. chipmaker stated in a courtroom submitting on Friday, alleging that rival Qualcomm forced it out of the market.
Intel made the claims in a temporary filed with the ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the place Qualcomm is looking for to overturn a sweeping antitrust choice towards it after shedding a lawsuit via the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Intel, whose executives testified on the trial, argued on Friday that the ruling will have to stand. Appeal court cases are anticipated to start out in January.
In a 233-page choice issued in May, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose wrote that Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices “strangled competition” in portions of the market for modem chips that attach smartphones to cellular information networks. She ordered the San Diego-based corporate to renegotiate licensing agreements at affordable costs.
Qualcomm appealed Koh’s ruling and received a pause in enforcement whilst the enchantment unfolds.
Intel was once Qualcomm’s leader rival in modem chips, and bought the elements to Apple for the iPhone. But Apple signed a chip provide settlement with Qualcomm once they settled a big criminal combat in May. Hours later, Santa Clara, California-based Intel stated it would promote its modem chip industry.
In its courtroom submitting and an accompanying weblog submit printed on Friday, Intel stated it was once forced out of the market as a result of of Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices and supported the FTC’s case towards Qualcomm.
“We invested billions, hired thousands, acquired two companies and built innovative world-class products that eventually made their way into Apple’s industry-leading iPhones, including the most recently released iPhone 11,” Steven R. Rodgers, Intel’s normal recommend, wrote within the submit.
“But when all was said and done, Intel could not overcome the artificial and insurmountable barriers to fair competition created by Qualcomm’s scheme and was forced to exit the market this year.”
Qualcomm has denied the FTC’s accusations, and different portions of the U.S. govt suggested the appeals courtroom to pause enforcement of the FTC ruling towards it. In July, the Pentagon and the Department of Energy stated Qualcomm was once a “trusted” provider of 5G generation and can be “impossible to replace” within the quick time period if put out of industry.
(Reporting via Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing via Richard Chang)