On Monday Intel’s new XMM 8160 5G modem has been launched, designed to provide 5G connectivity to devices including mobile phones, computers, and high-speed access gateways. With support for maximum download speeds of up to 6 Gbps per second, this new Intel 5G modem will be available in the second half of 2019, and commercial devices will hit the market in the first half of 2020. announcement seems to corroborate a recent report Apple will rely on Intel’s cellular modems and will launch the first iPhone with a new 5G modem by 2020.
- Intel’s new XMM 8160 5G modem has been launched
- The 5G modem will be available in the second half of 2019
- Commercial devices based on the 5G modem due in the first half of 2020
With its new single-chip multimode baseband capability, the new Intel XMM 8160 5G Modem will enable device manufacturers to design smaller, more energy-efficient devices with 5G capacity. This also eliminates the need to install two separate modems for 5G and legacy connectivity. Intel’s integrated multi-mode solution supports simultaneous connectivity (EN-DC) for LTE and 5G, enabling compatibility with previous versions of 4G if 5G networks are not available at any time or place.
Apart from that, the Intel XMM 8160 5G modem supports the new millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) as well as support for sub-NR at 6 GHz with download speeds of up to 6 Gbps. The modem has been designed by Intel to adapt to global implementations.
According to a Fast Company report released this month, Apple’s first iPhone with 5G technology will likely use an Intel 8161 5G modem, likely the successor of the one launched this week, and could be commercialized by the first half of the year. 2020. Intel is ready to become the only provider of iPhone modems, if all goes as planned. The report also states that the upcoming Intel 8161 5G modem will use a 10-nanometer process.
Apart from that, many Android OEMs are expected to introduce smartphones with a 5G capacity next year, including OnePlus, Samsung and Xiaomi. Apple will seek to accelerate its cellular game by launching as soon as possible the first iPhone with a capacity of 5G.