Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

Chris Burns - Feb 22, 2016
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Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

This week Intel appeared at MWC 2016 to speak largely about the imminent onset of 5G mobile data. They suggest that they are “one of the only industry players” that’s able to deliver an end to end 5G solution. That means 5G hardware for smartphones, tablets, PC platforms, and M2M applications, expanded comms for IOT applications, and partnerships with companies like Ericsson, Korea Telecom, Nokia, SK Telecom, and Verizon. They’re ready to roll right now. Ready to roll for 5G data.

Intel’s been ramping up efforts to see their hardware powering devices of all sizes. They’ve seen the most success in PCs, as you’ll be most readily aware, but they’ve been making strides in smaller devices – like smartphones – over the past few years.

Now as we’re entering the 5G era – that is, the next fastest data speed for internet connectivity – Intel is in a position to provide hardware for clients, networks, and cloud partners. Start to finish, so to speak.

They’ve partnered with companies like AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei, NTT Docomo, Telefonica, Vodafone, ZTE, and most recently Ericsson, Korea Telecom, Nokia, SK Telecom, and Verizon.

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Intel is “investing in early prototypes to be a time to market leader tomorrow.” Intel suggests that they’ll be adding to their already existing portfolio of wireless products with new modems and SoCs to “provide robust connectivity solutions for Internet of Things, mobile devices, and PCs” toward their path to the onset of 5G.

As such, Intel has revealed a number of new 5G-ready hardware products.

Connectivity Solutions Designed for the IOT
• Intel Atom x3-M7272
• Intel XMM 7115 modem
• Intel XMM M7315 SoC
• Intel XMM 6255M
• Intel XMM 7120 LTE modem

LTE Connectivity for Smartphones, Tablets, and PCs
• The Intel XMM 7480

portfolio

As you’ll see above, these products will be distributed amongst devices that’ll exist within the near future at lower speeds (down to 3G), all the way on up to the fastest of speeds for the biggest NB-IOT solutions.

Intel wants to make clear that they’ll not only be pushing faster speeds to the public through their hardware, they’ll be aiming to command the entire chain of hardware solutions to connect users with 5G.

standards

Intel is also working with groups like IEEE and 3GPP to provide industry and ecosystem leadership – making 5G a reality.

Intel is investing heavily on 5G R&D – they’re going to be part of this next wave from top to bottom, working with everyone from standards groups to the consumer in the end – of that you can be sure.


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