As LTE networks continue to expand at a rapid pace, 4G connectivity has become an expected feature in smartphones, tablets and even laptops. When we introduced our first multimode LTE solution last year, we promised device manufacturers a competitive choice for fast, reliable LTE connectivity – and we have been busy delivering on that promise while also developing our next generation LTE-Advanced platform.
Our LTE business is ramping at a steady pace as customers incorporate the Intel® XMM™ 7160 LTE platform into new devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note3 Neo smartphone, Samsung Galaxy K zoom , ASUS Fonepad 7 and ASUS Memo Pad 8. In addition, 7160-based modules are going into a variety of 2 in 1’s and Ultrabooks from Acer, Asus, and HP with more on the way. It’s only a matter of time before LTE in tablets and notebooks is as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi. That said, wireless service providers have a stake in which modems operate on their networks. That’s why we’ve worked hard to secure chipset-level certification with global, tier one operators.
Specifically, our 7160 platform is already certified to operate on leading LTE networks around the globe including: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the U.S.; Orange, Vodafone and Telefonica in Europe; as well as KDDI in Japan and Telstra in Australia. We’ve also engaged in testing with NTT Docomo (Japan) and Deutsche Telekom and EE (in Europe). Our recent Verizon certification is especially sweet because it’s a first for Intel. Although we have a long, proud history delivering 2G and 3G modems for GSM networks, our technology paths haven’t aligned with Verizon’s until now, thanks to LTE.
Our testing continues with operators worldwide as we begin field trials and certification of our next generation LTE platform, Intel® XMM™ 7260. In fact, we just achieved our first 7260 chipset level certification, with AT&T Wireless. The 7260 incorporates LTE-Advanced capabilities including carrier aggregation, category 6 speeds and support for TDD LTE and TDD-SCDMA, which means China joins the list of countries where we’re actively pursuing operator certification. In fact, we’re in certification field trials today with China’s largest operator, China Mobile.
Our goal is ambitious – to be #2 in LTE modem volume by the end of 2014. Our certification efforts are key to achieving that goal. We’re well on our way!