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Intel Focuses on Long-Term Evolution Technology

Intel Headquarters in Santa Clara, California | Wikipedia

Intel Headquarters in Santa Clara, California | Wikipedia

With Long Term Evolution connectivity becoming omnipresent, Intel aims for its baseband processors to be used in more mobile devices and base stations. The company is optimizing LTE modems to be paired with smartphones, tablets, and ultrabook chips. In addition, they plan to integrate baseband processors that manage radio functions inside mobile chips.

Intel, to Ship Multimode LTE Modem

Aside from that, Intel plans to increase their shipments of baseband processors, regardless of application processors. During the Mobile World Congress event last week, the company announced that their first batch of multimode LTE modem is slated for shipping. The XMM 7160 modem supports 15 LTE bands, as well as 3G and EDGE communications.

The chip maker started their wireless communications business after the acquisition of Infineon Wireless in July 2011. Hermann Eul, together with Mike Bell of Palm and Apple, joined the acquisition and became the vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group.

Intel made aggressive investment in the development of low-power chips, while a number of low-power Atom chips for smartphones and tablets were shipped. In fact, they’ve increased the development of mobile chips to take advantage of the latest manufacturing processes, which will bring in more performance and power servings. However, the company declined to give a specific date for the integration of baseband processor and application processor.

Making LTE a Big Priority

According to Eul, the application and baseband processor integration is important to Intel. However, customers have different needs.

The communications processor business is important in providing a wide array of chip offerings to customers who are looking for cellular and data connectivity in mobile devices. Thus, LTE is a big priority for Intel.

In relation to this, the company projects that LTE connections will double over the next year to 120 million. Meanwhile, LTE chipset in mobile devices will be as important as the application processor.

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