NEW YORK, April 27. /TASS/. Apple has held confidential talks with Intel to purchase the chip manufacturing intended for 5G communication. The amount of the potential deal could reach “several billion dollars” has informed on Friday the newspaper The Wall Street Journal.

According to her, negotiations began in the summer of 2018 and continued for several months. They were suspended recently, when Apple supplier Qualcomm processor agreed to discontinue the proceedings relating to allegations of violation by the company from Cupertino (California) copyright on three patents.

According to the publication, Intel is exploring the possibility to sell their production of chips for communication of the fifth generation. Apple is not the only contender for the purchase of this business. Intel asked the Bank Goldman Sachs to help to streamline the process of selecting and analyzing the best deals. This process is still at a very early stage, said the newspaper.

As previously reported the newspaper the Global Times, Huawei is ready to supply Apple with chips of its own design Balong 5000 for 5G communication. According to previously voiced plans, the company planned to release the first products with the support of 5G networks in 2020. Intel had to develop for Apple’s own similar chipset, but the media has reported that she does not fit into the previously designated time.

On 24 January this year, Huawei introduced the chipset Balong 5000. It supports formats of 3G, 4G and 5G, which, as pointed out by the developers, is an important characteristic during the transition to networks of the fifth generation. According to a statement by Huawei, the chipset is able to maintain the speed of the Internet connection at 3.2 GB per second.

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