Intel unveils 5G multimode modem

Chip maker new offering optimises support for broad global 5G rollouts

Intel's XMM 8160 5G will support peak speeds up to 6 gigabits per second.
Intel's XMM 8160 5G will support peak speeds up to 6 gigabits per second.

Chip maker Intel, has launched the Intel XMM 8160 5G modem, a multimode modem optimised to provide 5G connectivity to devices like phones, PCs and broadband access gateways.

Intel said it has accelerated the timing of the modem by pulling in the launch by more than a half-year.

According to the vendor, the XMM 8160 5G will support peak speeds up to 6 gigabits per second, making it three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems available today. Intel added that the modem will be available in the second half of 2019 and will deliver the features and experiences to accelerate widespread 5G adoption.

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Dr Cormac Conroy, corporate vice president and general manager, Communication and Devices Group at Intel, said: “Intel’s new XMM 8160 5G modem provides the ideal solution to support large volumes for scaling across multiple device categories to coincide with broad 5G deployments."

Conroy added that the company is seeing great demand for the advanced feature set of the XMM 8160, such that it has made a strategic decision to pull in the launch of this modem by half a year to deliver a leading 5G solution.

The Intel XMM 8160 is a multimode modem that supports the new standard for 5G new radio (NR), including standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, as well as 4G, 3G and 2G legacy radios in a single chipset.

With single-chip multimode baseband capability, the Intel XMM 8160 5G modem will enable device manufacturers to design smaller and more power-efficient devices. This will be achieved without the added complexity, power management and form factor adjustments of two separate modems for 5G and legacy connectivity, as will be introduced in early competing 5G modems.

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