Intel Wants to Be First to Scale with 5G—Not First to Market

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By Malik Saadi | 4Q 2018 | IN-5316


Intel’s First Commercial 5G Chip


This week, Intel announced its XMM 8160 5G modem, the second generation of its 5G New Radio (NR) offering, which comes in the form of an integrated 2G/3G/4G/5G modem, 5G sub-6 Gigahertz (GHz) Radio Frequency (RF) transceiver, and a 5G transceiver for mmWave. Large-scale shipments of XMM 8160 are planned for 2H 2019, with commercially-enabled devices expected to hit the market sometime in 2020. This announcement places the company front and center with future 5G devices, including smartphones, always-on computing devices, and gateways.

Intel Targets Multi-Mode Modems, Contrary to Its Competitors


It is worth mentioning that Intel’s competitors have already announced their first-generation 5G modem chips in 2017 and 2018, all of which are separate chips designed to be paired with 2G/3G/4G modems. Except for Intel, all other 5G modem suppliers are not yet considering bringing integrated 2G/3G/4G/5G chips to market until 5G becomes mature. Indeed, bringing the level of integration exhibi…

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