Intel chases the 5G dragon
COMING SOON, COMING SOON, SOON 5G SOON; it probably chants Intel, because chipmaker is accelerating plans to introduce 5G modems to the market.
He probably pointed out how Qualcomm already has a 5G Snapdragon in the wild, Intel put the silicone pedal to make his modem game fast, with the launch of the XMM 8160, which has been postponed for about six months.
Touted to deliver speeds up to 6 Gbps, which means that it will smoke current LTE modems, the wireless chip is set to arrive in the second half of 2019, at 5G time it is expected that the deployment will begin, eventually.
"The new Intel XMM 8160 5G is ideal [hardware] to handle large scaling volumes in many device categories, so that they coincide with broad 5G deployments "- said Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel vice president and general manager of the company's communication and equipment department.
| We see a lot of demand for the advanced XMM 8160 feature set, so that we have made a strategic decision to run this modem for half a year to deliver the leading 5G [product]. "
Launching this by our de-waffle machine; Devices with Intel SoC processors will probably also have a 5G modem installed, which means that access to the new wireless standard can be embedded in future laptops and tablets, and maybe even in phones if Intel finds its way back to the market.
Perhaps it will not be too difficult because, as rumor has it, Apple, which has the opportunity to release its first 5G smartphone in 2020, already has access to Intel as a 5G modem provider. The company reportedly uses the Intel 80-bit chip for testing, but hopes that 10nm 8161 will provide faster speeds and higher performance of the finished product.
In the case of fashion integrated circuits, the new Intel XMM 8160 5G modem will use the new millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) and new radio frequency bands with the frequency of 5 GHz below 6 GHz.
It will also have backward compatibility with 4G networks to ensure that the modem continues to operate in areas not covered by 5G, which we suspect will be scarce, as 5G implementation is unlikely to provide widespread coverage in the UK quickly.
We think, however, that this is another solid step on the 5G road that will come sooner than later. μ