Intel sees no reason to continue investments in the smartphone modem industry, so the company will auction off all of its patents and leave the business completely.
This is according to a report from IAM, which writes that Intel wants to sell some 8,500 patents to whoever pays more.
Intel will sell cellular and connective device patents, with the first category said to include approximately 6,000 patents that concern technologies owned by the company for 3G, 4G, and 5G standards. The latter section is likely to comprise around 500 patents.
While Intel wants to get rid of all its mobile patents, some 5G-related patents will be retained, as the firm will continue to invest in other devices, like PCs and laptops. 5G network is becoming the next big thing for all mobile devices, not just smartphones, and Intel wants to be a leader in the 5G market when it comes to products such as notebooks and 2-in-1s.
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