Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will start shipping their first smartphone LTE chip soon. Intel announced the commercial availability of their LTE modem targeted for smartphones and tablets today, which poses a major threat to Qualcomm. Intel launched their first LTE modem last year to support 4G, but it did not support the ability to fall back on 3G and 2G technologies that mobile devices need when LTE is now available. Intel’s new XMM 7160 fixes that problem.
The XMM 7160 links to 15 global LTE bands along with HSPA and GSM networks. The XMM 7160 also supports voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Intel built a product pipeline, which will produce multiple new models over the next year. In the first half of next year, Intel will ship a more advanced modem that supports new LTE-Advanced techniques such as career aggregation and TD-LTE networks used by Sprint, China Mobile, and several other networks.
“As LTE networks expand at a rapid pace, 4G connectivity will be an expected ingredient in devices from phones to tablets as well as laptops,” stated Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Intel is providing customers an array of options for fast, reliable LTE connectivity while delivering a competitive choice and design flexibility for the mobile ecosystem.”