Intel has officially accused Qualcomm of undertaking anti-behaviour. At the centre of this disagreement is Qualcomm’s license dispute with Apple, where the semi-conductor maker is trying to block sales of the iPhone in the US.
Qualcomm claims that Apple’s latest batch of iPhone uses unlicensed technology, and therefore violates US patent laws. Because of this, it wants the import and sale of the iPhone 7.
However, Intel’s take on the story is a little different. Instead, the company claims that Qualcomm’s move against Apple is a direct attempt to stifle competition in the mobile modem market. This is because a portion of iPhones ship with Intel made modems instead of Qualcomms.
There is also the situation of Qualcomm offering favourable licensing terms to Apple. In exchange, Cupertino would rely solely on Qualcomm made modems for its iPhones. A move that Intel is saying cripples competition and maintains the monopoly.
Of course, this may just be a matter of the pot calling the kettle black. Intel itself has faced a fine from from European Union for abusing its PC chip monopoly. Although, the EU has fined just about every large tech company for some sort of monopoly by now.