Qualcomm accuses Apple of sharing chip code with Intel

By : |November 3, 2017 0

Qualcomm has filed a suit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino giant of sharing chip code with Intel, as reported by Bloomberg. Qualcomm said in a lawsuit filed in California state court in San Diego that Apple used its commercial leverage to demand unprecedented access to the chipmaker’s highly confidential software, including source code.

According to the lawsuit, Apple breached the contract with Qualcomm in regard to software that’s required to allow mobile chips to interact with the rest of a phone. It’s the latest in a series of lawsuits between the two companies, which kicked off back in January when Apple sued Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion and accused the chip maker of overcharging for use of patents.

This was followed by counter-lawsuits and Qualcomm, in turn, asking US trade regulators in July to halt the sale of imported iPhone and iPads in the United States. The chipmaker alleges that technology purchased by Apple from its rival Intel violated six of Qualcomm’s patents.

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Currently, Apple manufactures chips for its phones from both Qualcomm and Intel but looking at the matters the company would be dropping Qualcomm as a result of the ongoing lawsuits between both the companies.

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