Analysts believe after talks with the supplier chain in Asia that Intel will replace in the future Qualcomm as the most important modem supplier for the Apple iPhone respectively completely. Intel’s offensive in many areas, just not the classic PC, supports these statements.
The stone of the offense is Intel’s first LTE modem XMM 7560 with downstream gigabit speed, which is currently under development. However, the first sampling of the XMM 7560 is still to take place in the first half of 2017, with the start of the mass production of the LTE modem, Intel expects a short time later.
Currently, market observers expect that Qualcomm will provide 50 to 70 percent of the modems in the Apple iPhone, reports Barrons with regard to analyst announcements. Intel’s new modem is based on 14nm manufacturing and operates downstream at a maximum of 1 Gbit / s, equivalent to LTE Cat. 16, as it also supports the X16 from Qualcomm. In the uplink, LTE Cat. 13 with up to 225 Mbit / s is possible. Competitor Qualcomm comes with the Snapdragon-X16 modem to LTE Cat. 13 with up to 150 Mbps. The XMM 7560 also allows the use of five frequency blocks via 5 × Carrier Aggregation (CA) via a single RF transceiver. The Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 provides a frequency block less than 4 × 20 MHz through Carrier Aggregation. However, with the modulation and the maximum possible antenna layout, 256-QAM and 4 × 4 MIMO are equal. The XMM 7560 supports 35 frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz.
Intel sees much potential in the modem business
As part of its investor meeting, Intel showed at the beginning of February that not the PC will play the most important role in the future, but the data center. However, on the overview map, the modem division was also at the forefront, with a TAM of 40 billion US dollars being allocated by 2021 – which makes it bigger and more important than the PC segment, whose development is stagnating or even declining , It is precisely these emerging areas that Intel wants to address more, which is why the message fits into the frame.