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Intel Mobile Communications
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
FateSmartphone communications division Acquired by Apple
ProductsSemiconductor products and solutions for wireless communications
ParentIntel Corporation

Intel Mobile Communications (IMC), is the mobile research and development division of Intel. It was formed when Intel completed the acquisition of the Wireless Solutions (WLS) division of Infineon early in 2011 for US$1.4 billion.[1] The Infineon subsidiary Comneon was also acquired by Intel and is now integrated into Intel Mobile Communications.[2][3]

IMC develops, manufactures and markets semiconductor products and solutions for wireless communications. It targets the fast-growing market segments of smart phones, connected devices (e.g. tablets, USB dongles, mobile PCs, M2M), and ultra-low-cost/entry phones. Its roadmap is focused on providing cost-effective 2G/3G single-chip platforms for ULC phones up to entry-level smart phones and 3G/4G slim modem and RF solutions for mid-to high-end smart phones and connected devices.

Smartphones have become indispensable companions in our daily lives. Precise navigation, secure mobile payment, fast and reliable connectivity: Products and solutions from Infineon enable various applications in mobile communication. See how mobile devices support a family visit to Barcelona and how Infineon makes life easier, safer and greener. German chipmaker Infineon has suspended shipments to Huawei Technologies, in a sign that Washington's crackdown on the Chinese tech company is beginning to hamper its supplies beyond the United. Application Guide for Mobile Communication Infineon’s RF and Protection Devices for Mobile Communication 5 1 Infineon’s RF and Protection Devices for Mobile Communication 1.1 Key Trends in Mobile Communication Mobile phones represent the largest worldwide market in terms of both volume and number of applications on a single platform. Infineon is equipped to support all your mobile device applications. We thoroughly understand the mobile devices industry as well as the challenges you currently face. Our components are engineered to perform to your requirements: efficient, compact and secure. They enable a high degree of linearity, ideal for mobile video streaming. Infineon is Apple’s sole supplier for cellular basebands, the core chipsets used in mobile phones to handle voice and data communications. Based on Apple’s deep relationship with Infineon, and its famed secrecy around M&A, it is a pretty safe bet that Steve Jobs is analyzing the implications of a deal.

In 2013 due to re-organization, a new organization was formed, named WPRD (Wireless Products Research & Development), which included the former IMC teams, and also the former MWG (Intel legacy Mobile and Wireless Group). This organization was managed by Aicha Evans. In 2016 the name was changed to iCDG (Intel Communications Devices Group). In 2017 Aicha Evans moved and became the chief strategy officer of Intel.

On April 16, 2019, Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement which included Apple paying an unspecified amount, entering into a six-year patent licensing agreement, and a multi-year agreement for Qualcomm to provide hardware to Apple.[4] Shortly after Intel announced they will exit the 5G smartphone modem business to focus 5G efforts on network infrastructure.[5]

On July 25, 2019, Apple and Intel announced an agreement for Apple to acquire Intel Mobile Communications' smartphone modem business for US$1 billion.[6] Intel will continue to develop modems for non-smartphones such as PCs, Internet of things and autonomous vehicles.



Intel Mobile Communications develops 2G, 3G, 4G and 5GModems under the Intel XMM modems brand.[7]

Intel Mobile Communications developed the Intel Atom Z2000, Z2460, Z2580 system on a chip (SoC) processors.[8]

In 2017, external publications (not confirmed by Intel or Apple) indicated that AppleiPhone 7 & 8 LTE modems, in most of the units shipped, were based on Intel chips (developed in IMC or iCDG).[9][10]


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  2. ^'Intel® Mobile Communications Mobile Software'. Intel. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
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  5. ^'Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business, Focus 5G Efforts on Network Infrastructure and Othermw-data:TemplateStyles:r999302996'>'Apple to acquire the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business'. Apple Newsroom. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
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Intel reportedly is on the verge of buying Infineon's wireless chip business, several months after rumors of such a deal began surfacing and a week after the giant chip maker surprised the industry with its proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security software vendor McAfee.

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Citing unnamed people close to the negotiations, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal both reported Aug. 26 that negotiations between Intel and Infineon have advanced to the point where a deal could be announced before the end of the month.

The sources put the price around $1.9 billion, according to the reports.

Intel executives are pushing to expand the company's reach beyond the core PC and server businesses. Infineon's wireless technology, which can be found in such devices as Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone, would give Intel a way into the booming mobile phone market, where Intel is virtually absent.

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Intel officials have been looking to position its Atom processors, initially developed for such devices as netbooks, as a possible wireless platform, but Infineon's business would give Intel a quicker path into the space.

Advanced Micro Devices traditionally has been Intel's key competitor in the PC and server markets. However, some Intel executives point to ARM, which designs processors that are built by the likes of Texas Instruments and Qualcomm and are found in a large percentage of mobile phones and embedded devices, a market Intel wants to get into.

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Samsung, which also builds processors using ARM's chip designs, also has been rumored to be interested in Infineon's mobile chip business, but according to the Wall Street Journal, Infineon prefers Intel's offer because it would 'bring more money than a joint venture with Samsung,' one of the newspaper's sources said.

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A deal would come on the heels of Intel's announcement last week that it wants to buy McAfee to help bring greater security features to its processor portfolio.