Intel XMM 7560 modem is ready for 5G anywhere in the world

5G might not be just around the corner, but it's definitely starting to loom over the horizon. Last October, Qualcomm announced its first 5G modem, and now it's Intel's turn. Ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress, Intel has announced the 5G XMM 7560 modem along with a number of industry partnerships designed to accelerate the development of 5G technologies.

Intel claims that its XMM 7560 modem delivers gigabit speeds in a single unit that will work in markets around the world, thanks to its six-mode operation and a transceiver that supports up to 35 LTE bands. It's the first modem produced on Intel's 14-nm process, and it supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. The modem supports downlink speeds exceeding 1 Gbps, and uplink speeds up to 225 Mbps. There's 4×4 MIMO support on tap, along with carrier downlink and uplink aggregation. The XMM 7560 will begin sampling in the first half of 2017, with production set to follow soon afterward.

It will take more than a modem to kickstart 5G deployments, however. Intel is participating in a number of initiatives to create an ecosystem for the emerging technology. Throughout 2016, Intel had been participating in 5G trials with a variety of service providers. The company partnered with Honeywell, General Electric, and the University of California Berkeley in 5GI² (5G Innovators Initiative), an open industry effort focused on exploring and testing 5G network connectivity. The first efforts of the iniative are focused on the Industrial Internet of Things. Intel has also been participating in 5G trials with companies like Ericsson and Nokia to help ensure interoperability.

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Yeah yeah.. Who cares! We’re all busy talking about Ryzen!

    • adisor19
    • 3 years ago

    Not quite as good as the latest from Qualcom but given Apple’s current lawsuit with them, you can bet your a** this will find its place in ALL of Apple’s next iOS device revisions.

    Qualcom will pay the price for their questionable business tactics just like Samsung currently is.

    Fun times.

    Adi

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      The funny thing is that for all the accusations of Intel being a “monopoly” in the processor market, they couldn’t hold a candle to Qualcomm’s grip on the wireless market.

        • adisor19
        • 3 years ago

        Truer words have never been spoken.

        Adi

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      Apple used Samsung’s fabs while in a lawsuit with them.

      They’re pragmatic. Apple has no problem using Qualcomm modems, assuming they have the option and that they’re a better deal than competing modems.

        • adisor19
        • 3 years ago

        Apple transitioned away from Samsung to TSMC for the A10 and likely future SoCs. The transition took a while but the end result is here : Samsung no longer a manufacturer for Apple’s newest SoCs.

        Same for Qualcomm. Apple is using Intel’s XMM LTE chips in the UMTS/LTE iPhones while still being forced to use Qualcomm parts in the CDMA/LTE iPhones since Intel’s old LTE chips do not support CDMA properly.

        By the time iPhone 7S/8 comes out, Qualcomm will be left in the dust and the billion dollars antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm will carry on.

        Adi

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Nice try Intel.
    I’m still waiting for RyZen.

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