Apple may use Intel's 5G modem tech for its upcoming iPhones

Angelica Greene
November 18, 2017

Qualcomm recently fired off a lawsuit against Apple stating that the iPhone maker traded secret Qualcomm chip information with Intel.

The company also revealed that it has completed a full, end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon. Intel also said the XMM 7560 modem unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 has achieved gigabit-class speeds. Highlights include the introduction of the Intel® XMM™ 8000 series, Intel's first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel's latest LTE modem, the Intel® XMM™ 7660.

"2H18 iPhone models won't only offer faster LTE transmission speed: We predict that at least one of the 2H18 new iPhone models will feature dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) with support for LTE+LTE connections".

Intel's 5G roadmap will be a core focus for the company over the next few years. This powerful LTE modem features advanced multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a broad range of band support.

Cormac Conroy, Intel's corporate VP and GM of the communication and devices group, said: "Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth".

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In October Qualcomm Technologies announced it achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices. The XMM 8060 Modem isn't scheduled to appear in any devices until mid 2019 and the XMM 7660 Modem isn't expected until then either.

The Speed of 5G is expected with 10 to 100 times faster than the average 4G network, at a gigabit per second or higher, as well as with lower latency and other benefits. According to VP of Intel's 5G wing, Alex Quach, an advantage of having 5G in the picture is that the network carriers can optimize the same network for different category of devices including Internet of Things, phone service, enterprise service, and more. The move to 5G would likely happen more broadly when Verizon stops requiring phones to connect to CDMA by early 2019, meaning that Apple has even less reason to rely on Qualcomm specialized chips when the XMM 8060 is available later that year.

"If it fulfils its potential, 5G customers should have the perception of both limitless bandwidth and continuous availability".

On top of this, 5G ought to be more cost-effective for operators as it should reduce network energy usage by up to 90 per cent, he claimed. After that, Apple started using a mix of chips from Intel and Qualcomm for the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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