Intel has introduced the XMM 8000 5G new radio (5G NR) commercial modems, and XMM 7660 LTE modem – taking on Qualcomm.
Intel also completed an end-to-end 5G call based on the Intel 5G Modem. Intel also said the XMM 7560 modem unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 has achieved gigabit-class speeds.
In October Qualcomm Technologies announced it achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices. Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band.
Qualcomm previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for the testing and optimization of 5G technology within the power and form-factor constraints of a smartphone. Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem is expected to support commercial launches of 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of 2019.
“Our roadmap progress shows how Intel is moving at gigabit speeds to help the industry create this superhighway and benefit from the speed, capacity and low latency that 5G promises,” said Sandra Rivera, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group.
Intel XMM 8000 series is Intel’s commercial 5G multi-mode modems, operating in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave global spectrum bands. The series will enable a range of devices to connect to 5G networks – from PCs and phones to fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) and even vehicles.
Intel XMM 8060 are Intel’s first commercial 5G modem capable of delivering multi-mode support for the 5G non-standalone and standalone NR, as well as various 2G, 3G (including CDMA) and 4G legacy modes. The Intel XMM 8060, which is expected to ship in commercial customer devices in mid-2019, will accelerate deployment of 5G-ready devices prior to anticipated deployment of 5G networks in 2020.
Intel XMM 7660 is Intel’s latest LTE modem delivers Cat-19 capabilities and supports speeds up to 1.6 gigabits per second. This LTE modem features advanced multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a range of band support. It will ship in commercial devices in 2019.