Intel Kills 5G Deal With China's Unigroup Over US Security Concerns
Tuesday February 26, 2019. 06:27 PM , from Slashdot
Intel's partnership to share its latest 5G modem chips with China's Unigroup, a government-backed firm which is also the second largest mobile chipmaker in the nation, has ended amid concerns that the technology transfer could cause problems in Washington, a report said Tuesday. From a report: The deal was previously expected to expand Intel's opportunities in China's growing market, while aiding the Chinese government's plans to develop its own chip industry. Following a 2014 investment, under which Intel took a 20 percent stake in state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, the companies last February announced a 5G tie-up as a 'powerful combination targeting 5G smartphones.' Their 'long-term strategic collaboration' was meant to create a 5G Android smartphone platform for sale in China in the second half of 2019, combining Intel's 5G modem with a Unigroup chipset.
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