Architecture Apple poached Intel’s 5G leader weeks ahead of Qualcomm truce

Architecture Apple poached Intel’s 5G leader weeks ahead of Qualcomm truce

Architecture Intel's decision to bail on 5G modems may have gone hand-in-hand with Apple's truce with Qualcomm, but it's now clea

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Intel’s decision to bail on 5G modems may have gone hand-in-hand with Apple’s truce with Qualcomm, but it’s now clear there were hints of a shift weeks earlier. The Telegraph has learned that Apple poached Intel’s 5G phone modem leader, Umashankar Thyagarajan, in February. While the departure itself wasn’t a complete secret (Thyagarajan’s LinkedIn profile confirms the switch), the news outlet claims to have email showing that the ex-director was the project engineer for the XMM 8160 chip at the heart of Intel’s plans. He also “played a key role” creating the Intel modems used in the iPhone XS and XR.

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