Intel XMM 8060 Is the First Commercial 5G Modem That Could Power Your Future iPhone
Where Qualcomm has an unparalleled market share thanks to its LTE and chipset market, Intel looks to threaten that with the announcement of its XMM 8060 5G. In doing so, Intel has unveiled its first commercial 5G modem and if you’ve seen the latest news where Intel is providing 4G LTE chips to Apple, then you can only guess what the next upgrade the iPhone lineup will be receiving in the distant future.
Intel XMM 8060 Is Backwards Compatible With Previous-Generation Technologies but Will Still Take Some Time to Be Deployed in Devices
With Intel’s XMM 7660 expected to arrive in 2019 for mobile phones, do not expect the XMM 8060 to come in such a hurry either. According to the chip manufacturer, these commercial 5G modems are expected to pave their way and attempt to bulldoze the competition in mid-2019, which is a whole year after the XMM 7660 is officially deployed in smartphones.
Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Communication and Devices Group had this to say about the latest announcement.
“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth. Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity.”
As for Sandra Rivera, Intel’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group, he claims that Intel is moving towards gigabit LTE speeds and with the official release of 5G networks, the future is going to look even brighter.
“Today’s wireless networks are the equivalent of data driving down a single-lane highway; tomorrow’s will need to serve as a multilane superhighway as data moves at warp speed with 5G networks,” said Our roadmap progress shows how Intel is moving at gigabit speeds to help the industry create this superhighway and benefit from the speed, capacity and low latency that 5G promises.”
Unfortunately, if you’re expecting your 2018 iPhone to come with these babies, then you can forget about it. With the commercial release of these chips taking place in 2019, it will take Apple around three more years to incorporate them.