Intel announces new SoC lines and LTE modem


INTEL has launched new mobile SoCs, as well as a five-mode LTE solution for high speed cellular Internet. The announcements were made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The new Intel Atom x3 processor series are for low-cost smartphones, phablets and tablets, while the higher performance Intel Atom x5 and x7 processor series are for mainstream tablet and small screen 2 in 1 devices.

The Intel Atom x3 processor series represents Intel’s first integrated communications SoC solution for value and entry level device markets. Combining 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom processors together with 3G or 4G LTE connectivity, the integrated communications SoC combines the applications processor, image sensor processor, graphics, audio, connectivity and power management components in a single system chipset.

The Intel Atom x5 and x7 are the company’s first 14nm Atom SoCs, which offer 64 bit support for Windows and Android operating systems. The chips also support Intel Gen 8 graphics, and an option to pair with next-generation LTE Advanced connectivity. Notably, they are also conflict-free, meaning they do not contain minerals like tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold that are funding human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already committed to deliver devices using the new Atom platforms

Also announced was the Intel XMM 7360 LTE Advanced Category 10 modem, with worldwide coverage. The devices support 3x carrier aggregation and download speeds of up to 450Mbps.

Its compact size and power efficiency enable the Intel XMM 7360 to accommodate a wide range of form factors, from smartphones and phablets to tablets and PCs. It also expands Intel’s portfolio of LTE solutions, giving device manufacturers a competitive option to quickly design and launch LTE devices in various market segments and geographies.



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