It’s been about a year since Intel first took the wraps off its plan to make a big move into 5G. That was at Mobile World Congress 2016.
But apparently Intel didn’t want to wait until the Barcelona event to announce its 5G product this year. The company did that earlier this month at the CES (News - Alert).
A ChipChick article authored last week by Chance Kinney notes that with this product Intel aims to become a dominant force in the nascent 5G arena. That, Kinney adds, will pit Intel against Qualcomm (News - Alert) and Samsung in this space.
“For a lot of companies involved, the move to 5G can be seen as a partial reset,” writes Kinney. “When 4G was being established, Intel and Sprint invested heavily in WiMAX, a network standard that was beaten out by LTE — something supported by AT&T, Verizon (News - Alert), T-Mobile, and Qualcomm. It’s no coincidence that Intel has struggled in mobile while Sprint has fallen back into fourth among the major U.S. carriers. With a 5G rollout, Intel and Sprint (News - Alert) could be poised for a comeback if they play their cards right.”
The Intel modem includes a baseband chip that pairs with a new 5G transceiver to enable both sub-6 Ghz and mmWave capabilities. It also incorporates key 3GPP 5G NR (new radio) technology – including low latency frame structures, advanced channel coding, and massive MIMO.
The modem, which will work in different countries around the world, will be able to support speeds exceeding 5Gbps. It will allow for ultra-low latency performance, advanced channel coding, and massive MIMO and beam forming. And while the Intel 5G Modem is a 5G-only solution, it will be able to pair with LTE (News - Alert) modems like the Intel XMM 7360 LTE model to allow for 4G/5G interworking and to provide 4G fallback.
Speaking of 4G and its relationship to 5G, word is that 5G is likely to coexist with 4G technology for years to come. That’s because 4G still has a lot of life left in it, as it continues to evolve and expand its bandwidth capabilities via new iterations. What 5G brings to the table, meanwhile, is the ability to provide parity with wireline speeds, and to allow for ultra reliable low latency communications. That ultra reliable low latency capability will be key for applications such as the connected car and remote healthcare, in which every millisecond counts.
Edited by Alicia Young