By Admin - November 18, 2017 11:00 pm 0 848 0
Even after companies start introducing 5G networks in the coming months, for rural networks where infrastructure is not well developed, 4G LTE network will be necessary. Intel is hopeful that devices containing the 5G modem will be available to end-consumers by mid-2019.
Intel has announced the Intel XMM 8000 series, which is its first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems. The XMM 8060 is the first modem of the XMM 8000 series. The company also announced its latest LTE modem, the Intel XMM 7660, which will be made available in 2019.
The US chip maker also announced that it has successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon, the 5G Modem, which was announced earlier this year. To complete the list of announcements, the XMM 7560 modem unveiled at MWC 2017 is said to have achieved gigabit-class speeds.
"Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth. Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity."
To go through the announcements one-by-one, let’s look at the Intel XMM 8000 series, which is a family of commercial 5G multi-mode modems. The series will operate in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave global spectrum bands. The company says the series will enable a range of devices from PCs and phones to vehicles and fixed wireless consumer premise equipment to connect to 5G networks.
Not only Intel, another chipset maker Qualcomm is also working on 5G modems. A few weeks back, it announced the Snapdragon X50, the company's first 5G modem for smartphones. With two of the biggest companies coming up with 5G modems, it won't be long before 5G becomes the new norm.