Intel plans to become a leader in wireless and will ship its first multimode LTE processor later this month as part of that drive….
Intel plans to become a leader in wireless and will ship its first multimode LTE processor later this month as part of that drive.
The XMM 7160, a modem chip for mobile devices, can be equipped to work on as many as 15 LTE spectrum bands as well as on 2G and 3G networks. Multimode capability between 2G, 3G and 4G is a necessity for smartphones because most operators with LTE still rely on older technologies in parts of their service areas, and for voice calls. Intel discussed the chip earlier this year but announced on Monday that it will ship this month.
Intel is still an underdog in the mobile industry but sees itself as one of just a handful of potential rivals to the dominant Qualcomm. At the core of Intel’s mobile device push is the former Infineon wireless business, which it acquired in 2010.
While Infineon was a “fast follower” in mobile, intentionally timing its products for when commercial volumes were starting to ship, it’s been moving toward market leadership since the acquisition, said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s mobile and communications group.