Fibocom Wi-fi is an organization that has acquired funding from Intel Capital and develops wi-fi modules and communication options. As a part of the Cellular World Congress occasion, the corporate, in partnership with Intel, broadcasts plans to launch a 5G modem answer in an M.2 kind issue.
The M.2 module, known as FG100, will use a variant of Intel's 5G modem portfolio (it has not been confirmed that it’s the XMM 8160) and is focused at gateway producers equivalent to D- Hyperlink, Arcadyan, and Gemtek, who’ve already confirmed that they’ll use this module in future merchandise. LTE variants might be obtainable this yr with the XMM7560. 5G gateways will hit the market in 2020, assuming 5G might be extra widespread. It’s anticipated that these gateways could be seamlessly upgraded from LTE to 5G because of the M.2 kind issue (relying on the antenna).
It’s value noting that the dimensions of a M2 module, even M.2 22110, is sort of restricted, particularly because of the z-height. Present 5G options, which require a modem and antenna to help 5G beneath 6 GHz implementations and mmWave, required a major Z-height for the antenna modules. We due to this fact count on that this implementation is barely helpful for sub-6GHz or requires an exterior antenna to allow mmWave. As a result of this half focuses on gateways and never on WWAN providers in gadgets, it may very well be constructed to totally different specs for every buyer as wanted.
Fibocom expects its M.2 module at this yr's Cellular World Congress in Barcelona, in all probability in a tool we cannot see. If we are able to take close-ups, we’ll inform you.