Intel has intensified its efforts with regards to 5G as the technology gets closer to mass deployment. Recently the chipmaker launched the new Xeon D-2100 which is targeted at the 5G edge computing. This was preceded by achievements Intel made last year including the partnership it formed with NTT DoCoMo and Toyota to undertake car mobility trials in conjunction with China’s Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings.
Additionally with regards to 5G modems, Intel unveiled the new XMM 7660 and 8060 chipsets which will be released next year. Intel’s achievements of last year set the stage with regards to what the chipmaker has done this year. This includes Intel offering Wi-Fi services at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics using 5G network. Though the 5G deployment was not 3GPP-compliant it proved that the tech giant possessed the capabilities. In the process Intel also learnt valuable lessons which will come in handy when deploying 5G NR.
Mobile World Congress
At this year’s Mobile World Congress Intel has indicated that it is carrying out more than 25 5G trials across the globe with both original equipment manufacturers and telecommunication operators. This will help in improving the quality of the technology Intel is working on.
Besides the 5G trials with original equipment manufacturers of smartphones and telecom operators, the chip maker is collaborating with Lenovo, HP Inc and Dell with a view to enabling 5G connectivity in personal computers. These consumer devices are expected to hit the market late next year during the busy holiday shopping season.
By having XMM 5G modems deployed on laptops Intel will be able to leverage their power inside the ecosystem of personal computers and this will spur innovation. It is also easier designing for laptops in comparison to smartphones since there is larger space for working with.
Laptops vs. smartphones
Additionally laptops have larger batteries besides having fewer places to occlude. All this can lead to faster speeds as well as better user experience. Another advantage that comes with designing for PCs is the fact that it won’t be necessary to ensure dual connectivity where 4G runs voice while data is run by 5G and this will greatly reduce power consumption.
With regards to the smartphone ambitions of Intel, the chipmaker is yet to confirm whether it will be collaborating with Apple to offer a 5G iPhone. During a an interview with CNBC, the chief executive officer of Apple, Tim Cook, hinted that a 5G iPhone is two years ago.
“…And I think it is a full, commercial offering in 2020,” said Cook.