Pictured: Intel and Qualcomm to supply 5G Modules for M.2 Slots

Final week we reported that Fibocom, an Intel accomplice, had introduced a brand new M.2 module with an Intel XMM8160 5G modem utilized in CPEs in addition to on upcoming PCs and laptops shall be. In the course of the Cell World Congress Present, we really noticed this M.2 module on the Fibocom sales space, however to our shock, we additionally noticed an identical M.2 module for Qualcomm's X55 modem on the Qualcomm sales space.

These modules match the very best potential M.2 normal and are 30 mm huge. That is 8mm wider than the memory-based drives we usually see on this kind issue. At first look on the Fibocom module, it was unclear why the module wanted to be so huge – certainly the modem was not 30mm huge, I believed. On the Fibocom sales space we additionally obtained a specification record confirming that the module ought to assist each SA and NSA networks and that each 5G are coated within the mmWave band and beneath 6 GHz.

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The info sheet on the Fibocom stand offered details about what this module has and about the truth that it makes use of the Intel XMM8160 modem, together with the supported tapes.

5G NR Sub-6 bands: n1, n2, n3, n4, n5, n6, n20, n28a, n28b, n38, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79
5G mmWave: n257, n261, n260
5G NR SUL: n80, n81, n82, n83, n84

This additionally included LTE / others:

LTE-FDD: 1, 2, three, four, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28a, 28b, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71
LTE TDD: 34, 38, 39, 40, 31, 42, 48
LAA: 46
UMTS: 1, 2, four, 5, eight

The gadget helps 2×2 MIMO, 4×2 MIMO and 4×4 MIMO modes for obtain, however solely 2×2 MIMO for importing. The 4×4 MIMO obtain mode is barely obtainable for bands 1, 2, three, four, 7, 25, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66, n77, n78, n79. The gadget additionally gives assist for GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo. Drivers can be obtainable for each Home windows 10 and Linux.

By way of general suggestions, Fibocom claims that the module helps obtain speeds of two.4Gbps LTE, 4Gbps sub-6, and as much as 6Gbps in mmWave. That is extra sincere than the beforehand reported speeds of "as much as 7 Gbit / s". That is the utmost of potential mixtures of LTE and mmWave which can be used concurrently. For add, the module helps 450 MBit / s with LTE, ~ 2.5 GBit / s with sub-6 and ~ three.zero GBit / s with mmWave.

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Chatting with the Fibocom consultant on the sales space, he defined that he anticipated the module 2020 for use in units and that they had been ready for the , software program, and transceiver configuration to finish though he’s not & # 39; I can’t say precisely when this may be. Fibocom is Intel's accomplice for 4G modems and has delivered LTE models to quite a few entry factors and laptop computer producers akin to Dell, HP and Lenovo. At 5G, one thing comparable is anticipated, however solely from 2020 and past.

By comparability, the Qualcomm X55 modem module was barely totally different. We're nonetheless speaking a couple of comparable 30mm huge module, however it appears Qualcomm has a number of companions who will manufacture the modules in response to particular buyer necessities. For instance, Telit had two modules, the FM980 and the FM980m, which differ in measurement:

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Quectel additionally had its personal module, but in addition provided the modem in a big BGA bundle:

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Whereas the main points of assist for the X55 modem weren’t displayed, we had been in a position to see an M.2 module with out EMI shielding. Sorry for the publicity compensation right here – the module was on a LED panel from the underside and behind a plastic display screen, which makes any images very troublesome.

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The chip on the far left is the X55 modem, which is considerably smaller than the width of the module of 30 mm. Under it appears to be a substantial quantity of DRAM, and possibly that's a Energy Administration Controller? This web page is clearly the digital sign element of the design, as there are some PCB spacings on the proper facet of the analogue facet. I'm counting 10 totally different chips right here, in all probability coping with incoming alerts. This goes to the 5 antenna ports on the proper (the Fibocom module had eight, the Qualcomm companions had 4).

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Smartphones are usually not the one deployment vectors for 5G modems, and Mi-Fi and laptop computer deployments will doubtless take a toll on some. After we interviewed Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, final yr on the firm's Tech Summit, he noticed that 5G was used within the suburbs as an alternative of the final mile of cable from the closet to the home, eliminating the necessity for cables , If and when cellular information prices may be as little as information for wired house connection information, this might very nicely turn into one of the vital vital necessities for 5G.

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