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Radio modem design a higher priority for Apple with latest organizational shift

Radio modem design a higher priority for Apple with latest organizational shift

The Intel XMM 8160 5G modem. <br>Image source: Intel

Apple is accelerating efforts to design its personal radio modem chips with its latest restructuring transfer. 

According to Reuters, two sources acquainted with the matter declare that Apple has moved its modem chip engineering group into the in-house {hardware} expertise group. Johny Srouji, who’s Apple’s senior vp of {hardware} applied sciences, took over management of the modem chip engineering group final month.

Srouji leads chip design at Apple which incorporates the customized A-series chipsets that energy the iPhone and iPad. He can also be accountable for the design of a particular Bluetooth chip that helps iOS units pair with the AirPods and different Apple equipment. 

The modem chip engineering group was beforehand led by Rubén Caballero who experiences to Dan Riccio, the chief accountable for iPad, iPhone and Mac engineering. The organizational shift means that Apple is now inserting a higher priority on designing its personal radio modem chips. 

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This doesn’t come as a shock since Apple is engaged in a bitter authorized battle with Qualcomm. While it has recruited Intel to solely present radio modems for the 2018 iPhone lineup, Apple has approached Samsung and MediaTek to produce 5G radio modems for future iPhones. Apple additionally revealed job listings for a “mobile modem programs architect” in December 2018. 

It might take a number of years for Apple to return up with its personal radio modem chips, therefore it’s seemingly that it’ll proceed to make use of Intel’s radio modems and diversify its provide chain to scale back reliance on one provider. 

Source: Reuters 

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