Apple Inc. is in advanced talks to buy chipmaker Intel Corp.’s smartphone-modem chip business, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Assuming talks don’t fall apart, the deal, valued at US$1 billion or more, could be reached in the next week, according to the report.
Intel announced it would exit the 5G modem chip business in April, hours after Apple settled a long-standing legal dispute with Qualcomm Inc., a key supplier of iPhone modem chips.
The Journal had reported in the same month that Intel was exploring a sale for its modem chip business to Apple or another acquirer.
Apple declined to comment, and Intel did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Shares of Intel rose 1.5 percent to US$52.10 on Monday, while those of Apple were up marginally in extended trading. Qualcomm’s shares were down about 2 percent.
Intel is expected to report second-quarter results on July 25, while Apple is scheduled to report its third-quarter earnings on July 30.
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