Intel will ship multimode LTE capabilities by the end of the month
Intel previews multimode LTE chips, with eyes on U.S. handset market
Aug 19, 2013 1:57 PM
"Intel began shipping a single-mode LTE solution in the fourth quarter of 2012, and it plans to ship a multimode chip, the XMM 7160, by the end of the month, Aicha Evans, the vice president of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, said in a press conference on Monday.
At Intel, combining communications with mobile computing is inseparable: “Everything that computes must connect,” Evans said.
As the name implies, single-mode LTE simply provides LTE connectivity—great where LTE connectivity is relatively available, but with no provision to jump to other bands if the user roams between networks. With multimode LTE technology, the chips can support a number of LTE networks around the world, providing range. (If a LTE network is not present, the XMM 7160 can “back down” to older, 3G technologies.)
Specifically, the XMM 7160 will support 15 LTE bands, with 20 to 30 percent lower power consumption than competitive solutions. The XMM 7160 will also be about 12 percent physically smaller than competing chips, Evans said. Both Qualcomm and Intel are shipping or nearly shipping multimode LTE; MediaTek, Broadcom, Marvell, and Nvidia have announced multimode LTE plans."
After all of the grousing we've just heard about Intel's LTE problems, Intel is already prepared to ship a multimode LTE chip. And a pretty good one it looks like. This should open up the US markets:
"According to Will Strauss, a digital signal processor analyst with Forward Concepts, Intel’s XMM 7160 chip has been qualified with AT&T and Verizon."
Intel will of course need to build an integrated solution. But that isn't really the problem. This multimode LTE chip is going to solve the most immediate and largest problem.
With Intel speeding up the Atom time table, it looks like all the pieces are now coming together for a major assault on smartphone markets.
2013: Year of the Intel Tablet
2014: Year of the Intel Smartphone
It looks like Intel is starting to release some news headed into IFA and IDF. The news cycle is building. I'm amazed that Piper and Gus Richard were smart enough to want to get out of the way of this trend.
Intel usually has some surprises at IDF. Obviously it doesn't take much to send the stock upward. We should see a lot of reasons for it to move up starting in earnest in 17 days with IFA.
September 5-9: IFA 2013 in Berlin
September 10-12: IDF 2013 in San Francisco
September 11: Bay Trail Release Date
November 21, 2013: Intel Investor Meeting
January 7-10, 2014: CES (The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas
February 24 -27, 2014: MWC (Mobile World Congress)
"Specifically, the XMM 7160 will support 15 LTE bands, with 20 to 30 percent lower power consumption than competitive solutions. The XMM 7160 will also be about 12 percent physically smaller than competing chips, Evans said."
This is a huge for the smartphone market. 20-30% less power and cheaper means they will get some big design wins. The big news is that it has been certified by ATT and Verizon. Nvidia is still getting its modem certified by ATT. Some people were blitching about Nvidia being ahead of Intel. Idiots.