Broadcom, Apple’s longtime partner, said On Thursday that it had negotiated two multi-year agreements to supply the company with wireless components, further extending the chipmaker’s reach into the technology giant’s supply chain. The agreements, known as “2020 SOWs,” are a supplement to existing contracts with Apple that could be worth a total of $15 billion, Reuters reported, and it is unclear what components the agreement covers and how long it will last.
Broadcom currently supplies Apple with RF front-end components for the production of major products, such as the iPhone. Last June, for example, the company signed an agreement to extend its contract with Apple’s RF RF component parts for two years.
For more than a decade, the chipmaker has been Apple’s main supplier, offering components dating back to flagship products such as the iPhone 3G to help connect them to cellular and Wi-Fi networks. In addition to RF components, the company also offers touch screen controllers and wireless charging modules.
A month after reports that the company was planning to sell its RF division, news of broader ties with Apple came out with interesting news.