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posted by chromas on Thursday October 04 2018, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the IME+LTE=♥ dept.

Intel's Customized SoC for HP: Amber Lake-Y with On-Package LTE Modem

Announced earlier this week, HP's Spectre Folio convertible notebook already looks remarkable due to its leather exterior. As it appears, the system is as impressive inside as it is on the outside, as it incorporates a custom Intel's Amber Lake-Y multi-chip-module that features an LTE modem.

According to a report from PC World, the internal design of the Spectre Folio PC convertible notebook was co-developed by HP and Intel engineers under Intel's Innovation Excellence Program, which is aimed at enabling PC makers to bring state-of-the-art designs to the market. The product uses a tiny, jointly-designed motherboard that measures only 12,000 mm2 and is based around a unique multi-chip module that carries Intel's Amber Lake-Y SoC, a PCH (platform controller hub), and Intel's Intel XMM 7560 LTE Advanced Pro Cat16/Cat 13 modem.

[...] Intel is not new to selling complete platforms comprised of a CPU, a chipset, and a communication module. Back in 2000s the company made a fortune selling its Centrino-branded sets containing the aforementioned elements. By selling multiple chips at once, Intel naturally increases its revenue, whereas system vendors ensure compatibility. Therefore, platform-level integration is a win-win for all parties. With that said, this is the first time we've seen Intel put a CPU, a PCH, and a cellular modem onto one multi-chip-module in this fashion. So this may be the start of a trend for the company.

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  • (Score: 2) by requerdanos on Friday October 05 2018, @12:32AM (4 children)

    by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 05 2018, @12:32AM (#744405) Journal

    Intel Integrates LTE Modem

    The management engine could now phone home literally, instead of just figuratively.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday October 05 2018, @01:21AM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday October 05 2018, @01:21AM (#744436) Journal

    I'm not satisfied until it has an integrated neutrino emitter.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by MostCynical on Friday October 05 2018, @02:51AM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Friday October 05 2018, @02:51AM (#744474) Journal

    New required casemod: Faraday cage

    Chicken coops start to appear in basements..

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @02:52AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @02:52AM (#744475)

    The LTE modem probably will have the ability to be turned on/used by the Intel ME.

    But, it probably works the other way too. Current basebands integrated into SOCs for phones, can be controlled from the tower and (usually) have direct access to the same memory as the main processor.

    Double back-doored.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @04:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @04:36AM (#744504)

      My arse is sore just thinking about that.