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Intel Intros 5G Global Modem

Elena Neira
January05/ 2017

Coinciding with the CES 2017 tradeshow, Intel is announcing the first global 5G modem as well as a companion transceiver. The transceiver and modem combination can support trials and testing in  sub-6 GHz bands as well as 28 GHz mmWave band. Intel has in mind that this is a wining combination to use in segments where 5G will see initial traction, i.e. “… is expected to be used by leading operators and industry leaders in early 5G deployments including automotive, home broadband, mobile devices and others.”


The 5G Baseband Modem:   The Intel® 5G modem is the world’s first global 5G modem to enable initial 5G spectrum trials and deployments worldwide with a baseband chip that supports both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands. The modem pairs both with Intel’s sub-6 GHz 5G RFIC and 28 GHz 5G RFIC to deliver a global reach across the key bands of interest for 5G systems. The key features of the modem are:

  • World’s first single chip to support 5G operation in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands
  • Achieves key 5G requirements, including expected speeds exceeding 5 Gbps, bandwidth and ultra-low latency
  • Pairs with the world’s first 5G sub-6GHz RFIC and the mature 28GHz 5G mmWave RFIC
  • Compliant to multiple industry forum 5G specifications
  • Supports 5G NR low-latency, frame structure, advanced channel coding, massive MIMO & beamforming features
  • Pairs with LTE modems such as Intel’s XMMTM7360 LTE modem to provide 4G fallback, and 4G/5G interworking


The 5G Transceiver:   Intel’s new 5G transceiver is the first 5G RFIC to support both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum. It joins, and works with, the mature 28 GHz RFIC announced at Mobile World Congress in 2016 as part of the Intel® Mobile Trial Platform. Key Features of the transceiver are:

  • Supports initial 5G spectrum worldwide with one SKU when combined with Intel’s 5G mmWave RFIC
  • Supports the 3.3-4.2 GHz portion of the sub-6GHz bands enabling deployments and trials in China and Europe with flexible sub-channelization
  • Supports 28 GHz, enabling deployments and trials in the UnitedStates, Korea and Japan
  • Supports 2×2 and 4×4 MIMO configurations, including dual-polarization sub-channelization
  • Compact design with small size


Coinciding with the CES 2017 Tradeshow, Intel is Announcing  Global 5G Modem and RFIC Companion Solutions


Source: Intel 5G Modem Facts

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Elena Neira