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Intel's 5G modem alliance with Beijing-backed chipmaker ends

Unisoc loses tech partnership in new blow to China's chip ambitions

Intel has ended its partnership with China's No. 2 chipmaker, a year after it announced the collaboration.
Intel has ended its partnership with China's No. 2 chipmaker, a year after it announced the collaboration.   © Reuters

BARCELONA, Spain -- Intel's partnership to share its latest 5G modem chips with China's second largest mobile chipmaker has ended amid concerns that the technology transfer could cause problems in Washington, sources have told Nikkei Asian Review.

The U.S. chip giant last year hailed the deal with state-backed Unisoc as a "multiyear" venture that would give it access to China's massive chip market, while the technology transfer partnership was seen as important to Beijing's ambitions to build a cutting edge domestic chip industry.

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