The Apple has helped Intel with secret details about Qualcomm’s radio chips, is the charge.
Qualcomm wants to show in court that Apple has disclosed trade secrets to Intel. The iPhone group has tried to strengthen the competitor’s LTE modem business in order to “eliminate” Qualcomm as Funkchip suppliers for the iPhone, it said in a US court in San Diego, California.
The new allegations will bring the chip manufacturer in an already filed against Apple lawsuit, in which the iPhone manufacturer, the betrayal of trade secrets is charged.
Qualcomm accuses Apple of a “year-long deception campaign”
It is now clear that Apple’s behavior goes far beyond a simple breach of contract, leads Qualcomm to the court, as Axios quoted from the input. It was “obvious” that Apple “used a deceptive campaign for years” to steal Qualcomm’s trade secrets – with the aim of improving “low-quality modem chips” and ultimately eliminating Qualcomm from the iPhone supply chain. The chip company had previously claimed that Apple employees had requested “proprietary information”, taking Intel engineers with them in the mailing list.
No more Qualcomm chips in iPhone
The process kick-off was set to April 2019 so far, Qualcomm’s new input could delay the appointment further. The lawsuit is just one among many in the increasingly bitter corporate dispute over royalty payments: Apple sued Qualcomm in early 2017 for allegedly using an “illegal business model”, with the sale of chips and the licensing of technology tapping Qualcomm twice, Apple said reproach. Qualcomm has filed several counterclaims, including attempts to halt the sale of the iPhone.
For Qualcomm the dispute has already massive financial consequences: Apple holds license payments billions of dollars back and renounces in the new iPhones apparently completely on Qualcomm chips – instead, only baseband processors from Intel are used.