Intel’s 7560 Modem Could Push Next iPhone to 1Gbps

Intel’s new modem might help the next iPhone give the Galaxy S8 a real run for its money.

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The next iPhone could go gigabit. Today Intel announced its XMM7650 modem, which joins Qualcomm’s X16 in the gigabit LTE world. Intel’s modem is probably the front-runner for this fall’s iPhone 7s or iPhone 8.

XMM7560 er bein keppandi í X16 sem Qualcomm tilkynnti í fyrra og er nú hluti af Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Qualcomm modem is in some Australian and Japanese hotspots, and it’s likely to appear in the Samsung Galaxy S8 sími.

Like the X16, the Intel 7560 is LTE Category 16/13, with download speeds of 1Gbps and upload speeds of 225Mbps. It supports up to 8×4 MIMO, up to 35 LTE bands, and all of the current evolutions of LTE, GSM, and CDMA. Intel says the new modem is “expected to sample in the first half of this year and move into production soon afterward.”

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Næsta iPhone mun líklega koma út í september eða október, sem skilur nokkrar mánuðir fyrir Intel að skella upp framleiðslu á 7560.

Apple er nú í stríði við Qualcomm, whose modems it has used for several years because of Qualcomm’s CDMA and LTE leadership. Last year, it switched out the modems in its AT&T and T-Mobile phones for örlítið óæðri Intel vörur, and it’s currently suing Qualcomm fyrir milljarða dollara out of rage over the chip maker’s licensing fees.

Qualcomm átti Apple í óvenjulegum, erfiðum aðstæðum: mótaldir hans voru svo betri en samkeppni um að það gæti fyrirmæli Apple. Apple er notað til þess að krafturinn virki að vinna hinum megin.

The Intel 7560 has one major feature that the Intel modem in the iPhone 7 didn’t: CDMA/EVDO. During the iPhone 7 cycle, Apple had to stick with Qualcomm in part because Intel didn’t have a product working on Verizon and Sprint’s CDMA/EVDO networks. That means if it wants, Apple will be able to go to a single, global iPhone model with an Intel modem.

Og Intel er svangur. Félagið hefur mistekist aftur og aftur í farsíma. Tilraun þess að gera hreyfanlegur flísar, Atom lína, flamed út á síðasta ári þegar endanlega helstu viðskiptavinur hans, Asus, kveikt í Qualcomm. Intel er líklega tilbúinn til að bjóða Apple frábæra skilmála til að ná miklum fjölda af hámarksmarkaðshlutdeild frá áratugum sínum.

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Apple doesn’t like putting new modem features in before the networks appear, but Sprint and T-Mobile are promising gigabit LTE later this year. As the Galaxy S8 will be able to access those networks, using the Intel 7560 would help Apple take a potential Samsung advantage off the table.

It would also fix one of the most annoying “features” in the iPhone 7, namely that you can’t use AT&T or T-Mobile iPhones on Verizon or Sprint. It would streamline Apple’s production and inventory processes by reducing the number of models made and make it easier to swap used devices.

Apple, Intel, and Qualcomm are mum about the next iPhone, of course. But I think the writing’s on the wall. If it’s true, then Qualcomm’s going to take a big sales hit at the end of the year.

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