Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing confidential information and trade secrets to help improve the performance of Intel chips، which were eventually used in the company's iPhones، as the Technical Times said.
The allegation is the latest entry in the long-running legal battle between the two companies. Will this finally force Apple to agree to a settlement?
Qualcomm Accuses Apple Of Stealing Trade Secrets Qualcomm alleged that Apple stole a massive amount of confidential information and trade secrets، and then passed them on to Intel to improve the rival chipmaker's products. The improved Intel chips opened the opportunity for Apple to switch suppliers، which may have resulted in billions of dollars of lost sales for Qualcomm.
The new charges are part of a lawsuit filed in November، when Qualcomm claimed that Apple was violating the agreement that placed Qualcomm chips in iPhones. Apple was required to protect the source code and tools from Qualcomm، but Qualcomm claimed that Apple was preventing the chipmaker to monitor the usage.
Qualcomm has now made a more explosive allegation، with the claim that Apple gave the source code and tools to help Intel solve the engineering problems in its chips that are making them perform poorly in iPhones. Qualcomm claimed to have discovered evidence that engineers from Apple repeatedly forwarded confidential information to engineers from Intel.