CES 2017: Intel unveils the first 5G mmWave modem and sub-6 GHz

A few months after Qualcomm, the Intel group announces its first 5G modem at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, but proposes support for millimeter bands (mmWave) as well as on sub-6 GHz bands.

At the end of October 2016, the Qualcomm group announced its 5G X50 modem able to reach speeds of several Gbps thanks to the support of the millimeter band 28 GHz (mmWave) And which could be deployed in test devices early in 2018 to prepare and validate the deployment of future 5G networks.

Another electronics giant very interested in the 5G, the Intel group, responds at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas unveiling its first 5G modem "Gold Ridge", compatible mmWave (28 GHz band, already tested in the USA And in Asia), but also in the sub-6 GHz band, more precisely the band from 3.3 to 4.2 GHz, which is currently being tested.

Intel's 5G modem can therefore allow many user scenarios to be considered with this new network technology. It already promises speeds exceeding 5 Gbps, an ability to aggregate hundreds of MHz of bandwidth and a very short latency, with support for MIMO 2x2 and 4x4 antenna technologies.

It can also be paired with the Intel XMM 7360 4G modem to ensure operation of mobile devices outside 5G coverage areas. The radio components for the Intel 5G modem will be available as a sample in the first half of 2017, while the 5G Gold Ridge modem itself will be offered as a sample in the second half of 2017 and will begin production in 2018.

One of the first referred uses is that of connected / autonomous vehicles that will need 5G capabilities to provide driver assistance, infotainment and autonomous driving services.

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