The next generation of wireless connectivity looks promising and bundled with Windows 10, this will be how Microsoft, Intel, and their partners look to convince users to upgrade their hardware. The XMM 8060 is the first of the company's coming XMM 8000 series of commercial 5G multimode modems, Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Network Platforms Group, noted in an editorial today.
Next week's Mobile World Congress is set to highlight a number of advanced technologies in its GSMA Innovation City exhibition space. The company says that this demonstration will provide proof that it is getting closer to production-ready silicon that will enable 5G connectivity on production PCs starting in the second half of 2019.
The chip maker is also planning to showcase its new Wi-Fi technology via an ultra-thin PC. The world of 5G is just around the corner and Intel sees themselves as providing the essential processing power that will be necessary to enable devices with 5G connections to reach their full computing potential. "To expand our entry into the China phone ecosystem, Intel and Unigroup Spreadtrum and RDA have established a multi-year collaboration to develop a portfolio of 5G products for mobile platforms, combining Intel 5G modems with Spreadtrum application processor technology", the company said in a blog post.
Intel expects to showcase a concept 5G PC during the Mobile World Congress 2018 conference and expo, set to be held in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1.
It cites examples like the ability to download a 250MB file while sitting in the auto before a meeting, or playing high-end online multiplayer video games during the morning commute - in an autonomous vehicle of course.
More broadly, Intel is pushing 5G's performance chops in terms of delivering high-end online gaming experiences, as well as heavyweight video streaming, and indulging in the likes of untethered VR while on-the-move.
Critically for Intel, those PCs will likely run Windows with its CPUs alongside its modems.