Connecting the Industry with 5G

Intel is paving the way for disruptive new services by driving wireless standards and delivering end-to-end platforms that meet the latency, reliability, capacity, and performance requirements for the upcoming 5G era.

Enabling 5G Success

To support a broad set of use cases, the new standard has identified three primary requirements: massive M2M communications (for IoT applications), ultra-low latency (enabling life-saving car-to-car connectivity), and gigabit speeds (high bandwidth mobile broadband). No single wireless technology will be able to meet these characteristics, so 5G will be defined by a heterogeneous network that integrates 5G, 4G, Wi-Fi, and other wireless technologies.

Readying Tomorrow’s Networks Today

In keeping with the company’s commitment to early investment in developing technologies for 5G, Intel launched an end-to-end trial platform in early 2016. This platform, along with subsequent generations, deliver the means to conduct real-world tests today. This platform provides the flexibility to accommodate different spectrum and bandwidths including sub-6 GHz and high-band mmWave to speed the development of 5G technologies and standards. Intel’s platform is already in trials around the world with Tier-1 service providers and telecom equipment vendors.1

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Accelerating the Future with World’s First Global 5G Modem

The new Intel® 5G Modem enables both sub-6Ghz and mmWave capabilities enabling the industry ecosystem across the globe to develop and launch early connectivity solutions. The Intel® 5G Modem is expected to accelerate the development of 5G-enabled devices – offering a world of opportunities for leaders across diverse industries to innovate with early deployments.

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Increased Flexibility with Intel® FPGAs for Wireless Applications

Increasing data rates have forced dramatic architectural changes, including macro, micro, and pico cells to form a heterogeneous network (HETNET). Because of these dynamic requirements, wireless infrastructure operators are embracing the flexibility and future proofing offered by FPGA technology.

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Developing Critical 5G Technologies

Intel is developing critical new technologies to enable tomorrow’s heterogeneous networks, evolving advanced mobile connectivity standards, and maximizing efficient use of spectrum resources.

Wi-Fi and LTE Convergence

Intel and the mobile industry at large are looking at new ways to increase speeds and data capacity, including finding new ways to combine carrier channels across LTE, Wi-Fi, and other wireless technologies. Intel has innovated in Wi-Fi since the introduction of the 802.11-integrated Centrino® processor in 2003 and continues today with our leadership in 802.11ax. Recent groundbreaking work such as Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) is expected to improve speed and performance allowing Wi-Fi to efficiently augment LTE networks helping deliver a lower cost per bit.

LTE-WLAN Aggregation (LWA): Benefits and Deployment Considerations

LTE-WLAN (LWA) is the new unlicensed spectrum technology specified by 3GPP. This white paper provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of LWA and compares it with other technologies that utilize unlicensed spectrum. Additionally, the paper looks into various LWA deployment scenarios showing how it can be rolled out while balancing the tradeoff between performance gains and impact on existing WLAN infrastructure.

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Millimeter Wave Communications

Intel has been a global pioneer in developing Millimeter Wave (mmW) technology investing since 2006 and delivered commercial 60 GHz WiGig solutions for high-bandwidth wireless display and I/O. This groundbreaking work positioned Intel to lead in the development of mmWave for 5G. The development of Millimeter Wave Capable Small Cells (MCSC), using Modular Antenna Array (MAA) radio architecture with Mesh backhaul, will address the need for a massive increase in capacity while achieving lower interference and deployment flexibility.

Cellular IoT and Narrow Band-IoT

The Cellular Internet-of-Things (Cellular IoT) will be one of the early and key drivers of 5G usages including autonomous driving, drones and robots, wearable devices, and sensors embedded in virtually everything. Intel has played a major role in the standardization of Narrowband IoT (NB-IOT), a core technology necessary to meet the cost, the battery life, and the deep indoor and wide area coverage of massive machine-type communications (massive MTC). Intel has also created a standards-compliant NB-IOT trial solution and is now preparing for commercial launch of NB-IOT in late 2016/2017.

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