The team inside Apple that's been working on modems has moved from Dan Riccio's hardware engineering organization and into Johny Srouji's platform technologies group.
That's according to Reuters:
Apple Inc has moved its modem chip engineering effort into its in-house hardware technology group from its supply chain unit, two people familiar with the move told Reuters, a sign the tech company is looking to develop a key component of its iPhones after years of buying it from outside suppliers.
Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies, took over the company's modem design efforts in January, the sources said. The organizational move has not been previously reported.
The Cupertino, California-based company has posted job listings for modem engineers in San Diego, a hub for wireless design talent because of Qualcomm's longtime presence there and a place where Apple has said it plans to build up its workforce.
Qualcomm, the industry's biggest and best modem supplier, has been locked in lawsuits with Apple for several years now over patents and licensing fees. Intel, which bought the original iPhone modem supplier, Infineon, is now supplying all the modems for all the iPhones, but with less than spectacular results.
Apple has already leap-frogged Qualcomm on processors so it's not hard to believe the company is working to do the same thing with connectivity.
Srouji's team has been on a tear lately, what with the A-series systems-on-a-chip for iOS devices, the integrated M-series sensor fusion hubs, the T-series variants for Macs, S-series system-in-package for Watch, and W-series wireless chips in AirPods and now, also Watch.
And there are many more letters left in the alphabet for them to still ship.
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