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Intel announces its first commercial 5G NR XMM 8060 modem

By Wong Chung Wee - on 17 Nov 2017, 4:32pm

Intel announces its first commercial 5G NR XMM 8060 modem

(Source: Intel)

Intel has officially announced its first commercial 5G NR XMM 8060 modem, which will be made available by mid-2019. This key development may mean the possibility of rollout of 5G commercial services for supported mobile devices soon.

(Source: Intel)

The Intel 5G NR XMM 8060 modem hails from the XMM 8000 series, and an early version of the silicon was first announced early this year at CES . According to Intel, the chip has been successfully tested to enable 5G calls over the 28GHz frequency. This is an important development as 5G modems require spectrum band with three key frequency ranges for widespread coverage. The focus will be on the frequency ranges in the range of 24- to 28GHz, in order to deliver broadband speeds of 5Gbps and above (the theoretical ceiling is 10Gbps). The new Intel 5G modem chip is multi-modal, with support for “5G NR (NSA & SA) and various 2G, 3G, and 4G legacy modes.” The chip demonstrates its versatility as it can function at other frequency ranges, i.e., the sub-6GHz range, as well as mm-wave frequency range. Intel expects the 5G NR XMM 8060 modem to be shipped to its key commercial partners by mid-2019.

(Source: Intel)

The chip manufacturer also took the opportunity to announce updates to its LTE roadmap. The fifth generation Intel XMM 7560 LTE modem is touted as the company’s first global LTE modem chip with CDMA support. According to Intel, this will ensure compatibility for telecommunication service providers operating different networks.

(Source: Intel)

Intel also took the chance to announce the upcoming availability of the Intel XMM 7660 modem. It has a rated throughput of 1.6Gps (Category 19 support for download speeds), with 4x4 MIMO support, and carrier aggregation across TDD and FDD spectrums.

(Source: Intel)

In summary, Intel aims to be involved from end-to-end when building 5G systems that will support varied market segments, which comprises factory automation, large-scale augmented and virtual reality systems, as well as cellular telecommunications. In spite of its focus on 5G hardware, Intel’s vision for an ideal 5G network is also software-based for better network management. The company aims for a phased roll-out of 5G services with 5G hotspots with the primary aim to alleviate 4G network congestion issues. One such implementation will be at the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February 2019.

(Source: Intel)