As we have already mentioned that with the help of Samsung, in the year 2018. People will have 5G on their hands. In order to take full advantage of 5G, smartphones needs to be ready. Though what matters the most is the modem being used inside the smartphone, in this situation. Qualcomm is one of the companies we can rely on. Because of their high end LTE modems. Where the company just launched their Snapdragon x20 LTE chip. Said to gain speeds of up to 1GB.
Well looks like Intel is aiming for Qualcomm. As the company has also just announced their new modem. The name of the Intel’s new modem is XMM 7560. The XMM 7560 is the successor to the current Intel modem known as the Intel XMM 7480. Intel XMM 7560 is made on a 14nm architecture, this means that the die size of the modem is very small. This can benefit in a lot of ways. From fitting it into a slim smartphone to wearable techs, down the line.
Now size is not what you are interested in. Intel XMM 7560 will be able to achieve download speeds of up to 1GB per second. While also achieve upload speeds of up to 225MB per second. Making it a breakthrough in mobile data speeds.
Intel is very proud of their new modem and it really shows in their statement. Intel said “The Intel XMM 7560 modem is a strong addition to Intel’s broad portfolio of connectivity solutions in 4G, NB-IoT, Wi-Fi, WiGig and 5G – offering an end-to-end communications roadmap for the industry as it moves to 5G.”
The difference between the Snapdragon X20 modem and Intel’s XMM 7560 modem, is not in terms of sheer speed. The difference between them, relies on their compatibility and reliability. Where the Intel XMM 7560 can support up to 5 carriers. As well as dual LTE on smartphones that have dual SIM slots on them.
Though it will take long for the new modem to arrive in the market. We are hoping to see it in smartphones by the year 2018. Just in time for 5G.