Intel begins shipping its first multimode modem with 2G, 3G and LTE for phones and tablets

By on October 31, 2013, 3:00 PM
intel, qualcomm, nvidia, arm, lte, tablet, 3g, bay trail, intego, samsung galaxy tab 3, xmm 7160

Intel is set to make what could be a significant move on the mobile market today, with the announcement that it has begun shipping its new LTE-capable XMM 7160 chip.

The XMM 7160 is Intel's first multimode wireless modem and only the second of its kind. It is is able to communicate with 15 global LTE bands simultaneously as well as 2G, 3G, and voice-over-LTE.

Initially revealed early last year and then officially announced back in February, Intel announced today that the chip is already available with the Europe and Asia release of the 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. It also said that we will be seeing it alongside other Bay Trail tablets down the line.

Many feel that the modem's capabilities may give the company the footing it needs to get back into a game its fallen behind in for quite some time now. Nearly all tablet and smartphones available run on processors based on designs from British chip maker ARM, including those from Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia and Apple.

While the XMM 7160 doesn't represent much of an advancement in the way of microprocessors, the universal new modem will be another angle for Intel to get a grasp on the ARM dominated space.

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