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posted by janrinok on Sunday November 26 2017, @11:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the still-waiting-for-4G dept.

Intel Announces XMM 8060 5G & XMM 7660 Category 19 LTE Modems, Both Due in 2019

Intel last week announced that its first commercial 5G modem, the XMM 8060, is now under development and will ship in a couple of years. As part of the announcement, the company reiterated its plans to offer a top-to-bottom XMM 8000 family of 5G modems for various applications, including smartphones, PCs, buildings and vehicles. In addition, the company announced its XMM 7660 Cat-19 LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps, which will be available in 2019.

At present, Intel's 5G Mobile Trial Platform is used to test 5G technologies in different locations around the world. For example, one of such devices installed aboard the Tallink Silja Europa cruise ship is used to enable Internet connectivity to passengers while in port in Tallinn, Estonia, (where another 5G MTP is installed) and the nearby area. Meanwhile, Intel's 5G Modem for client applications is evolving as well. Intel said that devices powered by the silicon can now make calls over the 28 GHz band. The 5G MTP will be used for its purposes for a while and will even gain new capabilities over time, but the company is working on a family of commercial modems that will be used for mass applications sometimes in 2019 and onwards. The Intel XMM 8000-series multi-mode modems will operate in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave global spectrum bands, combining support for existing and next-gen radios. Intel does detail the whole lineup two years before the launch but indicates that it will be able to address smartphones, PCs, vehicles, and fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE).

Previously: ITU Defines "5G" as up to 20 Gbps, 2018 Olympics Demo Planned
5G Gets a Shot in the Arm From the FCC
3GPP Sets 2018 as Freeze Date for 5G Air Interfaces
5G Draft Technical Requirements Announced


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Virindi on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:26PM (4 children)

    by Virindi (3484) on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:26PM (#601701)

    When are we going to hit the "g" slowdown? The amount of physical spectrum available is limited and seems to be pretty filled already in the ranges with useful properties (400mhz-2000mhz?). At what point does faster speed require way too many more towers, to use higher less-penetrating frequencies and directional transmission, so it is not worth the cost?

    I mean, surely when that does happen we will still see an attempt to fool the consumer into thinking things are improving (when they aren't). Perhaps we are already getting to that point?

    • (Score: 2) by Virindi on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:28PM (2 children)

      by Virindi (3484) on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:28PM (#601702)

      Hit the submit button too fast, I meant to add:

      The bandwidth increase demanded by websites doesn't seem to be slowing down. So at some point you would expect that increased demand would collide with physical spectrum availability.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:46PM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:46PM (#601706) Journal

      Due to the shorter wavelengths, rather than towers per se, you will see small base stations placed more frequently, especially in urban areas:

      https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/telecom/wireless/5g-bytes-small-cells-explained [ieee.org]

      Presumably these stations will cost less per unit and be much easier to install.

      Many people will be falling back to 2G/3G/4G, especially outside cities and town centers.

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  • (Score: 1) by ealbers on Sunday November 26 2017, @03:21PM (2 children)

    by ealbers (5715) on Sunday November 26 2017, @03:21PM (#601737)

    Wow! Do all the modems come with a management engine inside for remote control and managment??!

    Intel - Spyware Inside

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by takyon on Sunday November 26 2017, @03:27PM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Sunday November 26 2017, @03:27PM (#601739) Journal

      Lol, if you use a smartphone you are already accepting surveillance by design. What does the ME matter?

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @10:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @10:14PM (#601857)

        Maybe I just do not want it rooted by an external party?

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @07:07PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @07:07PM (#601791)

    If this is the 8000-series, then there will be some confusion when they get to the 8080 (grin).

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27 2017, @08:29AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27 2017, @08:29AM (#601990)

    Is this the real 4G?
    Another stop gap before we get real 4G?
    Or is it truly new technology, of which we will only get the name, just like the several gigabit capable 4G that ended up just becoming a marketing name for 3G LTE?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27 2017, @08:49AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27 2017, @08:49AM (#601994)

      If the name hasn't mattered for years, why should you care about the name now? Care about the speeds, latency, etc.

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