In the morning of November 13, Intel announced the XMM 8160 5G multi-mode baseband for mobile phones, PCs and networking equipment. According to Intel, the baseband was launched more than half a year earlier than originally planned.
The XMM 8160 has a peak speed of 6 Gbps, which is six times the current XMM 7560 LTE baseband for iPhone XS series phones.
Intel said that the XMM 8160 baseband will be shipped in the second half of 2019, and the first commercial devices (mobile phones, PCs, etc.) will be available in the first half of 2020.
From this perspective, the probability that the new iPhone will support 5G in the fall of 2019 will fall a lot. Of course, for Apple, there is also a first-generation 5G baseband XMM 8060 to choose from.
In terms of technical specifications, the XMM 8160 supports 5G SA (independent networking)/NSA (non-independent networking) specifications and is backward compatible with 4G/3G/2G.
In terms of frequency bands, it covers Sub 6GHz (600MHz~6GHz FDD/TDD) and high-frequency millimeter wave. The former is mainly used for 2/3/4G and domestic 5G, while the latter is used for the middle and late stage of domestic 5G and the middle and late 5G of Europe and America.
At present, Qualcomm has Snapdragon X50 5G baseband (5Gbps, shipped), Huawei has Balong 5100/5G01 baseband, MediaTek announced the Helio M70 baseband (5Gbps, shipped in 2019), Samsung officially announced the Exynos 5100 baseband ( 10nm LPP, 6Gbps, 2018 shipments at the end of the year).