Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Qualcomm and Intel to Announce 5G Modem For Phones And Self-Driving Cars

In this world of super fast growing Technology, Intel doesn't want to be left behind in the next evolution of the mobile business. On Wednesday, Intel announced that it's launching a 5G modem chip with codenamed "Goldridge."

5G (or fifth generation) is the next major iteration of the cellular network that will theoretically support multi-gigabit internet speeds. And, Intel emphasized the modem's applications in areas outside of phones, such as autonomous vehicles, drones and smart city sensors.

Aicha Evans, the head of Intel's communications and devices group wrote in a blog post, the "5G will enable billions of 'things' to become smart through seamless connectivity, massive computing power and access to rich data and analytics stored at the edge of the cloud.

Intel is expecting to sample the modem to customers in the second half of 2017 and go into production soon afterwards, an Intel spokeswoman said.

Some time last year, Mobile App maker Qualcomm, also announced the world's first 5G Modem. Qualcomm said it would start sending out samples of the chip to customers in the second half of 2017 and smartphones with the Qualcomm modem inside will begin shipping in early 2018.

According to Qualcomm, the chip could theoretically support download speeds on your smartphone of up to 5 gigabits per second.

Currently, US carriers are starting trials for the 5G networks. On Wednesday, AT&T said  it will begin conducting 5G streaming tests with DirecTV in Austin, Texas. Its first 5G trial was held last Fall with Intel and Ericsson. AT&T is also starting to work with Qualcomm and Ericsson in the second half of 2017.

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