Qualcomm sues Apple again, this time saying it shared info with Intel
Nov 03 2017
Applereportedly has until June to make its decision, although that's a bit late in the game, considering that the Cupertino company usually announces its new iPhones in September.
Qualcomm filed another lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday accusing the company of breaching the terms of its software license and using its unprecedented access to that code to help Intel, reports Bloomberg.
In its complaint, Qualcomm alleged that Apple was required under its contract to ensure that Apple engineers working with Qualcomm did not communicate details about Qualcomm chips to Apple engineers working on competing chips from Intel. Apple made an email request for proprietary information from Qualcomm and included an Intel engineer on the distribution list, according to the suit.
The latest lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, comes days after Bloomberg had reported that Apple is designing the latest iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm parts. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.
Qualcomm also put the negative results down to another dispute with a licensee, who "underpaid royalties due in Q2 of fiscal 2017 and did not report or pay royalties due in Q3 and Q4".
Revenue from its Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) unit, which includes its chip business that supplies both Android smartphone makers and Apple, rose 13 percent to $4.65 billion.
We asked Qualcomm for a statement, but the company declined to comment on the speculation that Apple may stop using its chips.
In contrast, revenue from Qualcomm's licensing business fell 36 percent to $1.21 billion in the quarter ended September 24.