Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Intel set to bring 5G PCs to customers in 2019

Intel set to bring 5G PCs to customers in 2019

The four firms are developing PCs with gigabit connections using Intel's XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems, which are now in production.

The Mobile World Congress is scheduled to begin in a matter of days, but Intel isn't waiting for the conference to make announcements.

Intel has revealed it is actively collaborating with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to bring 5G connectivity to Windows PCs by next year.

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. Intel says that they hope to have their first wave of 5G multimode modems for sale on the market by the second half of 2019.

As well as the proof-of-concept PCs, Intel announced an alliance with a core subsidiary of the semiconductor company Tsinghua Unigroup for a long-term strategic collaboration on 5G. Intel's booth at MWC will feature demonstrations of 2-in-1 5G laptops.

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"We see growing interest in applications for different form factors of solutions and 5G-enabled PCs is one of those and we'll have something on the demo floor to show that", said Sandra Rivera, SVP and GM in Intel's Network Platforms Group, in a media briefing.

Intel is saying the PC will become a "central hub" for processing incredible amounts of data, once 5G is available.

Intel will also use the event to showcase a thin PC equipped with 802.11ax Wi-Fi, as well as eSIM functionality for connected PCs. In the lead up to the show, Intel has detailed its plans for the arrival of 5G mobile networks, and what it plans to do to usher in this new era.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Qualcomm announced partnerships with 19 mobile device makers and 18 carriers to bring Snapdragon X50 family 5G modems to devices sold across the world, starting in 2019. Together, the two organizations plan to develop a 5G smartphone platform based on Intel modems for the Chinese market.

Commercial 5G connections could reach as many as 1.1 billion people by 2025, according to a GSMA study released past year.

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