Intel has decided to accelerate the timetable for launch and deployment of its new XMM 8160 5G modem, which the…
Intel has decided to accelerate the timetable for launch and deployment of its new XMM 8160 5G modem, which the company says will make it available to manufacturers six months earlier than planned. They will receive the modem sometime in the second half of next year, according to a announcement today, where the modem is expected to provide 5G connectivity to phones, computers and broadband access gateways sometime in the first half of 2020.
Among the benefits Intel says that the new The chip provides power, size and scalability in a package that is smaller than an American penny. The modem will also support the new standard for 5G New Radio standalone and non-standalone modes as well as 4G, 3G and 2G older radios in a single chipset. “The Intel XMM 81
60 5G modem will allow manufacturers to design smaller and more energy efficient devices,” the company explained in today’s announcement. “This can be achieved without complexity, power management, and form factor adjustments of two separate 5G and older modem modems, which will be introduced in early competitive 5G modem.”
The message continues to note that the modem offers advanced technologies needed to support new millimeter spectrum as well as sub 6 GHz 5G NR support, including 600 MHz to 6 GHz FDD and TDD bands. The modem also supports peak speeds of up to 6 gigabits per second, making it three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems available today.
Intel in September revealed that its technology will be used by Nokia and Ericsson in the first series of 5G implementations globally according to ZDNet . In late September, Intel also announced a series of new 5G developments in China, together with manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE, Tencent and China Mobile, among others.
Like The Verge notes in a piece about today’s news, Intel’s modem will not exactly stand alone. At least 18 other major companies, from Samsung to Nokia, Sony, Xiaomi, HTC and more, all work with Qualcomm and its Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, and Samsung and Huawei are both working with versions of their own 5G modem.
“The interesting outlier here, however, is Apple,” continues that paragraph. “The company recently switched to using Intel modems exclusively for its 2018 iPhone XS and XR phones (especially Intel’s XMM 7560 modem). And Apple is committed to sticking to Intel’s chips for making the 5G jump. It’s said to be with its 2020 iPhone models, which would be meaningful if Intel released the modem to hardware partners by the end of 2019. “