Infineon WLS sold: iPhone's 3G baseband now Intel inside

Intel has announced that they've bought Infineon's wireless solutions business (WLS) for 1.4 billion dollars, which includes the Infineon 3G radio baseband used in iPhone. Here're the PR bullets:

  • WLS sale enables Infineon to expand leading position in markets for automotive, industry and security technologies.

  • WLS will operate as a standalone business. Intel is committed to serving WLS' existing customers, including support for ARM-based platforms.

  • The acquisition expands Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings to include Infineon's 3G capabilities and supports Intel's plans to accelerate LTE. The acquired technology will be used in Intel® Core processor-based laptops, and myriad of Intel® Atom™ processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers.

  • The deal aligns with Internet connectivity pillar of Intel's computing strategy.

What if anything this changes for Apple or iPhone remains to be seen. (Queue A4 baseband chipset rumors for next year...)

[Engadget, image via AppleInsider]

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Infineon WLS sold: iPhone's 3G baseband now Intel inside


Intel just has to have their hands in everything don't they. All intel wants is a piece if the mobile market to make you for lack luster PC processor sales.

I don't really see why it would change anything. It's not like Apple isn't buying trainloads of chips from Intel anyway, and you even mention that WLS will operate as a standalone unit.

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