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Intel starts making modem chips for upcoming iPhones

Chipmaker aims to take the lead in 5G, beyond PCs and smartphones

A guest takes a video using her iPhone during a press preview of the Apple Shinjuku store ahead of its grand opening in Tokyo on April 5, 2018.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Intel has started production of modem chips that will go into Apple's upcoming iPhones later this year, while the U.S. semiconductor company continues to eye markets beyond personal computers and pledges to take the lead in fifth generation, or 5G, wireless communication after 2019.

"XMM 7560 [modem chips are] now in the process of being deployed... It is in trial and mass production," said Asha Keddy, Intel's vice president of technology, systems architecture and client group, in an interview on June 7 with the Nikkei Asian Review. "To be honest, we have a late start. But now, I believe we've caught up and later we want to lead in 5G."

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