Intel’s Modem of the (Near) Future Will Be Crucial to 5G Development

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Intel is shifting gears and focusing development on mobile connectivity devices. Although it is currently playing catch up to other companies, including its rival Qualcomm, the company is already preparing modems to connect devices to the 5G wireless network.

PC World reports Aicha Evans, senior vice president and general manager of the Communications and Devices Group at Intel, says versatility is crucial to developing 5G modems. Not only will it connect smartphones, but the long-range communication capabilities and data transfer speeds of 5G will be used by autonomous cars, drones, smart home devices, industrial equipment, and numerous other devices.

Evans says Intel’s goal is to develop a modem capable of transferring up to 45 Gbps. Its first 5G modem, built using the 14-nanometer process, will go into testing later this year. Along with BMW and Mobileye, Intel is developing a driverless car that it says will be capable of using the modem to connect to the 5G network for safer driving. Since it would be connected wirelessly to the car’s devices, it could potentially use cameras and even radar mounted on the car to avoid collisions and provide better navigation.

To further expand 5G development, Intel’s 3rd Generation Mobile Trial Platform is designed to be used by carriers or companies that want to experiment with 5G network applications. It supports bands 600 to 900 Mhz, 4.4 to 4.9 Ghz, 5.1 to 5.9 Ghz, as well as the speedier 28 Ghz and 39 Ghz bands. The development is designed to assist other companies with their own 5G deployment trials. Evans hopes the broad scope of Intel’s devices will make it a popular choice for connecting 5G devices.

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