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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: 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.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:42PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Sunday November 26 2017, @12:42PM (#601704) Journal

    The bandwidth increase demanded by websites doesn't seem to be slowing down.

    Even an incredible amount of javascript bloat on webpages doesn't increase "bandwidth demand" that much. The real growth is from video traffic: []

    And with video, you at least have a way to decrease the amount needed: newer codecs such as AOMedia Video 1 [] (AV1).

    I guess high quality live streaming VR/360° video could reintroduce some strain. We'll see how many people adopt that in the next 2-3 years.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @06:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 26 2017, @06:49PM (#601786)

    Ah, but the "G" isn't what we are led to believe... it stands for "gate": how many backdoor gateways Intel have sneaked into the silicon. Far as we can tell, their CPUs are 1G, but who knows?