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Future iPhones could use Intel’s 5G modem instead of Qualcomm’s

Future iPhones could use Intel’s 5G modem instead of Qualcomm’s

The battle between component suppliers for the next iPhones has just entered its next phase, and Qualcomm might be left behind in the dust. Intel has just proudly announced that they have reached a key milestone in the development of its 5G modem that takes it close to catching up with Qualcomm. But, perhaps more importantly, it puts Intel in a more favorable position to be Apple’s go-to 5G partner, at a time when several market factors seem to be conspiring against Qualcomm.

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Samsung Cat.18 LTE modem is fastest yet (but there’s a catch)

Samsung Cat.18 LTE modem is fastest yet (but there’s a catch)

The smartphone chip wars may have focused on processors so far, but just how fast your data connection is has become the next frontier. It's one that Samsung plans to dominate in, too, with the arrival of the new Samsung Cat.18 6CA-supporting LTE modem. It promises a 20-percent improvement in maximum download rates, with the potential for big performance jumps when dealing with data-heavy tasks like streaming video.

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The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm might seem like background noise easily tuned out by iPhone users, but it could have a big impact on how well the iPhone 8 performs. The two companies are currently embroiled in a patent argument over cellular radio standards, with Apple threatening to withhold royalty payments that it claims are extortionate. Now, the new iPhone might end up less capable on next-generation networks as a result.

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Linksys launches new tri-band router and its first gateway

Linksys launches new tri-band router and its first gateway

The networking needs of modern homes are no longer as simple as they were just years ago. That's thanks to the proliferation of connected devices, including smart home products, as well as the variety of Internet technologies snaking their way into our houses. Sometimes, the generic networking equipment from service providers are no longer enough. That is why Linksys continually puts out new routers, like its latest tri-band MU-MIMO EA9300, as well as its first ever cable modem router.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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

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.

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Comcast criticized for injecting modem advertisements

Comcast criticized for injecting modem advertisements

Comcast is being criticized for interrupting a subscriber's Internet browsing to hawk its' own modems. According to a Comcast subscriber going by the name “BB," the ISP started pushing popup messages during his browsing sessions to peddle its own modems, something the service provider has reportedly been advertising in the subscriber’s region since updating its network.

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Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel is not a name you'd immediately associate with a smartphone. Although the Intel-powered ASUS ZenFone 2 managed to garner a few accolades even in performance, it is still just one in an ocean filled with devices running on the competing ARM CPU architecture. Still trying its luck in that smartphone market, insider sources claim that the chip maker is trying a slightly different strategy. It is said to have allocated 1,000 people into making its high-end LTE modem something that Apple won't be able to ignore for its 2016 iPhone model.

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iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

While we wait for the dust of the Apple Music launch to settle down, we take a peak at another of Apple's most awaited product, as if it ever had a non-awaited product. Courtesy of a brave leak source, we now have a view of what is supposedly the iPhone 6S motherboard. And with that, the smartphone's LTE modem has also been revealed: a Qualcomm MDM9635M, known by its other name, the 9X35 Gobi mobile platform. This chip promises not only Cat. 6 LTE speeds but more efficient power usage, leading, hopefully, to a longer battery life.

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In 2016, iPhone may have Intel modem in certain regions

In 2016, iPhone may have Intel modem in certain regions

According to a report, Apple is about to have Intel inside an upcoming iPhone model. While it won’t be the wholehearted effort Dell puts forth with Intel and mobile tech, Apple’s iPhone released in 2016 will reportedly have an Intel chip. The latest from Intel, their 7360 LTE modem, will reportedly have a home on the circuit board of 2016's iPhone. The modem will reportedly supplant Qualcomm’s spot, but there’s a good chance you’ll never get to experience it, as Apple is also reportedly shipping the Intel model to certain regions.

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Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Smartphones replace a lot of various devices we no longer find a need for. Cameras, home phones, music players, and now — modems? According to research firm Strategy Analytics, smartphones are rapidly taking the place of our modems, too. Shipments of modems are expected to decline 24% by the end of the year, not surprising after a 17% dip in shipments last year. Since 2010, Strategy Analytics says the market cap for modems has been cut in half, but it’s not doomsday just yet.

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