Intel on Thursday unveiled new products aimed at deploying next-generation networks, including a series of radio modems that will allow PCs, phones and vehicles to connect at 5G speeds.
The tech giant said that the XMM 8000 series, a collection of commercial 5G multi-mode modems, will operate at millimeter wave and under-6 GHz spectrum frequencies. The XMM 8060, which is expected to begin shipping in devices in mid-2019, would support “full 5G non-standalone and standalone NR,” as well as 2G, 3G and 4G legacy modes.
“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth,” Cormac Conroy, general manager of Intel’s communication and devices group, said in a statement.
The company also introduced the XMM 7660 LTE modem and said the 7560 modem introduced earlier this year achieved gigabit-class speeds. The early 5G silicon in Intel’s 5G Modem, meanwhile, enabled the company to complete a “full end-to-end 5G call.”
“Our roadmap progress shows how Intel is moving at gigabit speeds to help the industry create this superhighway and benefit from the speed, capacity and low latency that 5G promises,” added network platforms general manager Sandra Rivera.