Apple Inc. has chosen Broadcom to develop 5G radio frequency components including film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) filters and wireless connectivity components in a multi-billion, multi-year agreement.
The FBAR filters will be designed and built in several American manufacturing and technology hubs including Fort Collins, Colorado, at Broadcom’s fab. Currently, Apple helps support more than 1,100 jobs in Broadcom’s Fort Collins FBAR filter manufacturing factory and the new deal allows Broadcom to invest in critical automation projects and upskilling with engineers.
Apple said the investments are part of Apple’s commitment made in 2021 to invest $430 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years. The company is on pace to meet its target through direct spending with American suppliers, data center investments, capital expenditures in the U.S. and other domestic spending.
5G will be used in the next generation of consumer electronics and Apple said it is spending tens of billions of dollars to develop 5G in the U.S. In 2020, Apple launched its first 5G device and as coverage and performance expands, Apple said it is looking to bring more users on board for 5G-capable products, which this deal with Broadcom will serve.