Intel debuts 5G modem at CES

New technology will allow businesses to launch early 5G solutions, company claims

Chip maker Intel has announced a new 5G modem at CES in Las Vegas, which it claims can help overcome some of the technical hurdles surrounding the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Intel 5G Modem, as the device has been called, has a new 5G transceiver paired to its baseband chip, which enables both sub-6Ghz and mmWave capabilities - on which 5G depends. It incorporates 3GPP 5G NR (new radio) technology, including lower latency frame structures, advanced channel coding and massive MIMO, which the company says will help deliver faster connectivity and improve responsiveness.

In a blog post, Aicha Evans, VP and GM for the communications and devices group at Intel, said: "Our goal is to support both early trials and to lay a foundation enabling accelerated development of products that will support the 3GPP NR specification and help drive global adoption of the 3GPP 5G standard.

"The new Intel 5G Modem is laying the groundwork for new devices capable of enhanced broadband speeds to satisfy media-hungry users."

In addition to public media consumption, Evans also cited more practical uses of 5G, including providing super-fast connectivity to autonomous cars, search-and-rescue drones and smart city infrastructure.

"Of course it's the 'unknown' part of 5G's story that's most thrilling in my mind," Evans said. "With the right technologies in place and reliable platforms on which to test them, the opportunities to innovate, invent and launch products and services are virtually unlimited."

Intel 5G Modem is expected to be distributed as samples in the latter half of this year and move into production "soon afterwards".

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