As per some research studies, it is expected that the year 2019 is likely to turn out a huge year for 5G and Intel, which is one of the major mobile players across the globe. Recently, Intel has made an announcement regarding its plan for the next-generation, I.e. 5G network that will be its new 5G modem – XMM 8160. This modem is likely to be released to the manufacturers mostly in the second half of the year 2019, along with the first devices that will be making use of the chip coming in the early 2020.
Intel has some actual big plans for the XMM 8160 5G modem. It envisions to be used it across the PCs, phones, and broadband hubs. And it is likely to have a peak speed of 6 gigabits per second. Moreover, the modem is expected to support both the standalone specs and non-standalone for the 5G NR standard, and the legacy support 2G, 3G, and 4G networks all in one of the chipset. In addition to this, Intel states that the modem is likely to support both the millimeter wave spectrum and lower-band parts of the spectrum.
As of now, Intel has a lot of catching up to do in terms of getting the companies to start making use of the 5G modem. Presently, 18 companies, such as Fujitsu, Nokia / HMD, Samsung, Sony, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, LG, HTC, Asus, Sharp, ZTE, and OnePlus, are working with X50 5G NR Snapdragon modems of the Qualcomm. And Samsung and Huawei are both working on their personal 5G modem as well.