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Intel’s New 5G Modem May Power Most Of The 5G Handsets In 2020

Next year is shaping up to be a huge blast for 5G. And Intel (one of biggest mobile firms in the tech industry) has finally declared its plans for the next-gen network in the form of its latest 5G modem—XMM 8160. The new modem is set to be open for manufacturers sometime in the H2 of next year, with the first handsets employing the chip arriving in early 2020.

Intel has huge dreams for the new modem. It visualizes using it all over PCs, phones, and broadband centers, with utmost 6 GBPS of speed. The modem will support both the non-standalone and standalone specifications for the 5G New Radio (NR) standard. In addition to this, it will show support for 3G, 4G, and 2G networks all in a single processor. Moreover, Intel claims that the new device will support both lower-band parts of the spectrum as well as millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. Intel might have a lot of leveling up to do when it comes to getting firms to actually employ its new modem.

On a related note, Intel and ARM earlier decided to join hands to regulate networks of connected machines from both companies. This will clear a major stumbling block for the growth of the so-called IoT (Internet of Things) market. Being the unit of Japan’s Softbank Corp, ARM claimed that it had struck a tactical deal with Intel to employ common standards designed by Intel for regulating IoT connections, devices, and data.

The IoT includes connecting simple processors that detect motion, distance, pressure, temperature, and images to be employed in an ever broader range of devices such as parking meters, lights, or refrigerators. Some of the dumbest electronics devices in the world get clever by connecting to cloud networks, but also difficult to protect.