It is no hidden secret that Apple had been relying on third-parties for its modem chips. But now the tech giant is looking to end that reliance by moving the modem chip engineering team into the in-house hardware group. According to reports, the company has asked Johny Srouji, its VP hardware technologies, to oversee the modem design.
Srouji was handed the task in January as Apple looked to shift modem technology in-house. If the Cupertino Company is able to do it successfully, then its reliance on companies like Samsung, Qualcomm, Intel, and others will end. Apple had been using Qualcomm chips but dropped it completely from their iPhones that were released last year.
The news of Apple going in-house for modem engineering is not something new. The company had been looking to do this for quite some time now. The job listings from Apple for wireless chips engineers also suggested that the company is looking for a change.
5G on the Cards
There had been reports that Apple may use Intel’s 5G modem chips for its 2020 iPhone lineup. But with Apple now working on its in-house team, we might see Apple’s own 5G modem chips in iPhones sooner or later. And this will be a move that will help the company compete against rivals like Samsung and Huawei. Both of them make their own modems. The modem chips will also help Apple’s processor chips, saving battery life and space.
It now needs to be seen how Johny Srouji takes forward this in-house engineering of modem chips. Srouji has been associated with Apple since 2008 and has lead Apple’s chip design department. Prior to Srouji, the modem chip department was led by Ruben Caballero.