Broadcom to supply wireless components to Apple

Joanna Estrada
January 24, 2020

Longtime Apple supplier Broadcom today announced that it has signed two multi-year deals with Apple that cover a "range of specified high-performance wireless components and modules" that Apple will use in its products.

Apple's iPhone 2020 lineup will arrive in the latter half of this year and is expected to arrive with 5G networking capabilities.

Broadcom said the new deals are in addition to an existing agreement it has with Apple to provide it with certain radio-frequency components that are also used in the production of iPhones. Thus, the new deal with Broadcom can also be looked at as Apple preparing for its upcoming lineup and even secure a deal in advance for its 2021 iPhone series. The RF business is a carryover from Broadcom's early days, when it focused on semiconductor chip development under its old name, Avago Technologies Ltd.

The new agreements are in addition to a different deal Broadcom made with Apple past year. It is unclear exactly what the company will be supplying to Apple.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Broadcom put its radio frequency chip unit up for sale previous year.

Broadcom attempted to acquire Qualcomm for $117 billion, but the USA government rejected the bid on the grounds that Broadcom was no longer based in the US after the post-Avago purchase company moved its headquarters to Singapore. In the past few years, Broadcom has started ditching its hardware divisions one by one and acquiring more profitable enterprise software companies.

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