Intel Debuts Global 5G Modem

The new Intel 5G modem is said by Intel to be the first global device, capable of delivering 5G in both sub-6 GHz bands and millimeter wave spectrum in regions including the United States, Europe, Korea and Japan. The modem supports initial 5G spectrum worldwide with one SKU.

It supports the 3.3GHz to 4.2 GHz portion of the sub-6 GHz bands enabling deployments and trials in China and Europe. It also supports 28 GHz, enabling deployments and trials in the United States, Korea and Japan  

The modem comes in 2x2 and 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) configurations, including dual-polarization sub-channelization The Intel 5G RFIC (radio frequency integrated circuit) is expected to be available in sample quantities in the first half of 2017. The 5G Modem is expected to be available in sample quantities in the second half of 2017 and full commercial production soon afterwards.

The modem incorporates key 3GPP 5G New Radio technology, including low latency frame structures, advanced channel coding and massive MIMO, Intel says.
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