Dec 05, 6:56 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino 12/05/18 AT 5:54 AM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is looking at a not-so-stellar first half of 2019 after landing lower-than-expected 7nm chip orders from big clients Apple, Qualcomm and HiSilicon. The world’s largest independent semiconductor foundry will unlikely see its 7nm process capacity fully utilized in the January-June period next year because of reduced orders, Digitimes reported Wednesday citing local Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times. Apple has relied on TSMC’s manufacturing process technologies for its iPhone processors in recent years. However, the Cupertino giant has decided to cut back on its 7nm chip orders for the first half of 2019. Tim Cook’s company is said to be cautious about placing orders for the new 7nm chip solution. It also doesn’t help that … [Read more...] about Apple, Qualcomm Cautious About Placing Orders For TSMC’s 7nm Process
By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - Apple Inc is not in talks "at any level" to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc, according to a source familiar with the matter. In the past, Apple used Qualcomm's modem chips in its flagship iPhone models to help them connect to wireless data networks. But early last year, Apple sued Qualcomm in federal court in San Diego, alleging that the chip company's practice of taking a cut of the selling price of phones as a patent licence fee was illegal. Qualcomm denied the claims and has alleged that Apple owes it $7 billion (£5.32 billion) in unpaid royalties. The case is to go to trial early next year and has spawned related legal actions in other courts around the world. In July, Qualcomm's chief executive, Steve Mollenkopf, told investors on the company's quarterly earnings call that the two companies were in talks to resolve the litigation. "We continue to talk. We also have a number of ... legal … [Read more...] about Apple not in settlement talks with Qualcomm
By Seung Lee | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm | UPDATED: July 27, 2018 at 5:45 am Apple’s long, litigious and messy fight with Qualcomm may have reached its climax on Wednesday, as Qualcomm’s chief financial officer announced during an earnings call that Apple will no longer use its modems for future iPhones. The Apple-Qualcomm fight centered on Apple’s displeasure at forking over as much as $30 in royalties to Qualcomm for every iPhone sold. Apple soon began working with Intel to develop new modems — some of which were used in iPhone 7 — starting in 2015. In January last year, Apple sued Qualcomm, alleging the royalties amounted to extortion, and stopped paying the royalties. A year and a half later, Qualcomm seemed to have given up on Apple. “We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitor’s modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release,” said Davis, according … [Read more...] about Apple breaks up with Qualcomm: Will Intel chips mean slower iPhones?
By Stephen Nellis and Jan Wolfe (Reuters) – The staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday recommended that a trade judge find that Apple Inc <AAPL.O> infringed at least one of Qualcomm Inc’s <QCOM.O> patents, a move that could lead to blocking the import of some iPhones. The San Diego chipmaker filed a complaint against Apple nearly a year ago, asking the commission to ban the import of iPhones containing rival chipmaker Intel Corp’s <INTC.O> so-called modem chips, which help mobile phones connect to wireless data networks. At a trial in Washington that started on Friday, the ITC staff said Apple violated one of Qualcomm’s patents around battery-saving technology. The ITC staff acts as a third party in such trade cases. The staff lawyers’ opinions are not binding, but judges often follow them. In previous filings in the ITC case, Apple has argued that Qualcomm’s patents are invalid and that, regardless, the judge … [Read more...] about Apple, Qualcomm battle over possible ban on some U.S. iPhone imports
By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O> can depose Apple Inc’s <AAPL.O> services chief Eddy Cue in addition to Chief Executive Tim Cook, a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled on Friday, part of the chipmaker’s effort to determine whether Apple worked with Samsung to focus regulatory scrutiny on Qualcomm. The access to Cue is important because Qualcomm alleges talks between executives at Apple and its rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> were central to its decision to cut off Apple from a stream of nearly $1 billion in licensing rebate payments. Apple sued Qualcomm early last year, contesting the San Diego-based chipmaker’s licensing practices and asking for those rebate payments back. Qualcomm then sued Apple for patent infringement in several countries. As part of the disputes, Qualcomm is also seeking to ban the import of some iPhones it believes are violating its … [Read more...] about Qualcomm to depose Apple services chief Eddy Cue