Apple believed that Qualcomm was the only 4G-ready chip source
Apple considered Ericsson, Broadcom and Intel Corp’s choice as a component supplier for the devices, but no one could complete Apple’s desired specifications.
The admission on January 18 by Matthias Sauer, Apple’s director of cellular systems architecture, is the kind of point Qualcomm has scored in front of the US District Judge Lucy Koh as it continues to fight against antitrust allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission The government is charging it with market dominance in smartphone chips to force phone makers to pay inflated patent licensing revenue.
Sawyer testified that Apple considered the choice of Ericsson, Broadcom and Intel Corp as a component for the devices during the 2012 stages of the new products, but none could meet the desired specifications of Apple. As long as Apple did not launch the iPhone 7 in September 2016, no one other than Qualcomm supplied chips for the LTE-ready Apple device.
He told FTC in cross-examination that the release of Intel as a chip supplier for the 2014 iPad.
Qualcomm now has a chance to weaken some testimony of the prosecution against it. Throughout the day before its defense, Qualcomm has argued in his leadership in technology that the customer has been reliant on this – no illegal exclusion practices. The patent it owns – added more than 120,000, one more 35 added every day – are fundamental for how all phones work. Qualcomm argues that compensation should be given accordingly.
The non-jury test begins in the San Jose federal court on Tuesday, on the ninth day. It will continue for three more sessions before the debate on February 1.