CES 2017: Intel launched first 5G modem


Following Qualcomm’s announcement last year, Intel has unveiled a 5G modem at CES 2017, on the name of ‘Goldridge’.

“5G will enable billions of ‘things’ to become smart through seamless connectivity, massive computing power and access to rich data and analytics stored at the edge of the cloud,” wrote the head of Intel’s communication and devices group, Aicha Evans, in a blog about the 5G modem.

Intel’s 5G Modem will support ultra-wideband operation and also empower multi-gigabit throughput with ultra-low latency. The organization said that the modem will combine with Intel’s sub-6 GHz 5G RFIC and 28 GHz 5G RFIC, delivering a worldwide reach across the key bands of interest for 5G systems.

Being the first 5G transceiver to support both sub-6 GHz and m mWave spectrum, Intel’s modem is relied to be compliant with multiple industry 5G specifications, along with 4G connections.

Intel will start testing the 5G modem in the second half of 2017, before going into production. Intel has already began working with BMW, Nokia, Vodafone, GE to deploy 5G into their products and services. However, the technology is expected to go commercial by 2020.

Intel wasn’t just the single one to take the limelight with the 5G declaration at CES 2017. AT&T too made the official declaration for 5G evolution.

Chief strategy officer of Technology and Operations at AT&T, John Donovan said, “Our 5G Evolution plans will pave the way to the next-generation of higher speeds for customers. We’re not waiting until the final standards are set to lay the foundation for our evolution to 5G. We’re executing now.”

As per the reports, the company is also planning additional 5G trials in partnership with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson in the second half.

These 5G modems will also reach the consumers by 2020 only, including Qualcomm’s 5G modem, called the Snapdragon X50.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk