Apple starts hiring engineers to work on 6G modems
Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 19:20
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Apple is full-steam ahead on replacing Qualcomm modems with its own
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En construisant ses propres modems, Apple réserve à Qualcomm le même sort qu’à Intel
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Apple has posted multiple job listings indicating that it is hiring engineers to work on 6G technology internally so it does not have to rely on partners like Qualcomm as the next generation of wireless technology hits several years down the line.
The job listings, which were first spotted and reported by Bloomberg , include titles like "Wireless Research Systems Engineer - 5G/6G" and "RAN1/RAN4 Standards Engineer."
The listings have statements like "You will be part of a team defining and doing research of next-generation standards like 6G," "You will research and design next-generation (6G) wireless communication systems for radio access networks with emphasis on the PHY/MAC/L2/L3 layers," "Participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G technology," and "Contribute to future 3GPP RAN work items on 6G technology."
Nvidia's proposed deal would acquire Arm from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $40 billion—a number which is difficult to put into perspective. Forty billion dollars would represent one of the largest tech acquisitions of all time, but 40 Instagrams or so doesn't seem like that much to pay for control of the architecture supporting every well-known smartphone in the world, plus a staggering array of embedded controllers, network routers, automobiles, and other devices.
Today’s Arm doesn’t sell hardware
Arm's business model is fairly unusual in the hardware space, particularly from a consumer or small business perspective. Arm's customers—including hardware giants such as Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung—aren't buying CPUs the way you'd buy an Intel Xeon or AMD Ryzen. Instead, they're purchasing the license to design and/or manufacture CPUs based on Arm's intellectual property. This typically means selecting one or more reference core designs, putting several of them in one system on chip (SoC), and tying them all together with the necessary cache and other peripherals.
As rumored many months ago, Apple's silicon ambitions don't end with replacing Intel CPUs with its own in Macs—it plans to ditch Qualcomm modems in favor of its own custom-designed chips for iPhones, according to Apple hardware tech lead Johny Srouji.
Srouji confirmed the company's plans when speaking to employees during an internal town hall meeting, as reported by Bloomberg today. Apple acquired Intel's 5G smartphone modem business last summer. That acquisition of Intel's intellectual property and resources was key for Apple's new efforts.
Quoted in the Bloomberg story, Srouji told Apple employees:
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A federal appeals court has tossed out a lower court ruling that Qualcomm abused its dominance of the modem chip market to force customers to pay inflated royalties for its patent portfolio. The appeals court forcefully rejected Judge Lucy Koh's 2019 analysis of Qualcomm's business practices and held that Qualcomm's behavior was merely "hypercompetitive," not anticompetitive.
The two rulings could not have been more different. In last year's 233-page ruling, Judge Koh explained Qualcomm's business practices in so much detail that it took us more than 3,500 words just to summarize her findings. This week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court was shorter—56 pages—and more theoretical.
The appeals court acknowledged that "from 2006 to 2016, Qualcomm possessed monopoly power in the CDMA modem chip market, including over 90% of market share." However, the court found that the Federal Trade Commission—which brought the lawsuit against Qualcomm—had failed to prove that Qualcomm had abused that power. The court reasoned that Qualcomm's licensing practices were simply designed to maximize the company's revenue—and that in itself isn't illegal.