Intel is one of the many companies hard at work in developing the next generation of telecommunication networks, which will universally known as 5G. The company has announced new 5G modem chips in development, which are expected to roll out in the next two years.
The Intel XMM 8060 is the first of the new Intel XMM 8000 series of modems. It has support for a wide range of bands, ranging from full non-standalone and standalone New Radio (NR) 5G, all the way to legacy 2G bands. The series will enable a range of devices to connect to 5G networks – from PCs and phones to fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) and even vehicles.
At the same time, Intel also announced the XMM 7560, its next generation modem for 4G networks. It can support OTA speeds of up to 1.6 gigabits per second. The LTE chip also supports multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a broad range of bands.
Both chips will be shipping by 2019, though Intel did not share when specifically this will happen.