Intel Reported To Supply Up to 50% of iPhone 7 LTE Modem Chips to Apple

Rumors continue to swirl that Intel had been commissioned to build LTE modem chips for Apple’s upcoming smartphone refresh, a marquee win for the semiconductor giant.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Intel may supply up to fifty percent of LTE modems for the forthcoming iPhone 7 models.

The report states that while Intel will itself be packaging the chips for Apple, it has contracted TSMC and King Yuan Electronics to manufacture the modem.

Qualcomm’s CEO himself confirmed during the company’s earning call last month that the company is expecting one of its biggest modem buyers to switch to a competing product.

Reports about Apple switching to an Intel modem for the iPhone 7 started making their way to the internet since early 2015 itself. Apple is expected to make use of Intel’s XM 7360 baseband/modem inside the iPhone 7 that is capable of supporting download speeds of up to 450Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Apple has long relied on Qualcomm for the modem used inside the iPhones. The latter is considered to be a leader in the modem technology, so it is surprising to see Apple switch to an Intel modem for the iPhone 7.

Economic Daily News and DigiTimes said today that Taiwanese part makers and manufacturers had started mass-hirings for iPhone 7 assembly work a month earlier than usual because the handset has “a more complex design” than previous models.

The new phones are expected to hit store shelves at the end of September.

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