/// With Samsung Win, Intel Has a Modem Chip for LTE Phones and Tablets

October 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Chipmaker Intel today took the unusual step of letting the world know that it has a chip inside a new consumer product. It’s the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (That series of devices was reviewed by AllThingsD’s Bonnie Cha here ), and with its release in Asia and Europe, Intel says it marks the beginning of a new era in its frustrating history with chips for wireless phones and tablets. In the LTE wireless version of the tablet, there is an Intel XMM 7160 platform, and it is Intel’s first multi-mode wireless modem, capable of communicating with 2G, 3G and 4G wireless data networks. It sends a strong signal about Intel’s intentions on the wireless phone front in two ways. For one thing, it’s Intel’s first multi-mode chip. For another, it’s only the second such chip put out by anyone. Qualcomm was the first. Building a chip of this type is a difficult engineering challenge because there’s the issue of building a chip that can talk to whatever flavor of wireless network it happens to encounter, but then also the added challenge of giving it the ability to switch between those flavors on the fly without any interruption in service. You wouldn’t like a phone that drops a call just because you drove out of the range of a 4G network, and into the countryside, where only older networks may be present.

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With Samsung Win, Intel Has a Modem Chip for LTE Phones and Tablets


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