Intel launches XMM 7160 LTE modem, 4G hardware for smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks

Intel launches XMM 7160 LTE modem, 4G hardware for smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks

Summary: The chip giant's new modem is already built into the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 LTE tablet being sold overseas.


Intel continues its foray into mobile products with an unsexy, but still important, new component. While no one will rush out to buy a device specifically for the new XMM 7160 LTE modem, it should help improve the 4G connection for tablets, smartphones, and Ultrabooks.

The company has finished testing the modem across Asia, Europe, and North America, and claims that the XMM 7160 can support 15 LTE bands simultaneously. It's being promoted as a solution for 4G-enabled smartphones and tablets. The new modem is already built into the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 LTE tablet, which is available internationally.   


In addition to the XMM 7160, Intel has developed new 4G modules for use in tablets and Ultrabooks. As the name suggests, the Intel PCIe M.2 LTE module uses the PCI Express interface, and like the XMM 7160 modem, supports up to 15 LTE bans simultaneously. Intel claims that the module allows for LTE download speeds of 100Mbps. The company's hardware partners will produce the modules, which are expected to show up in portable device sometime in 2014, when the next-generation XMM 7260 modem is due.

Intel is attempting to make up for lost time in the mobile space, having ceded the market to the likes of ARM, Qualcomm, and even Apple. While hoping to play catch up with its forthcoming Silvermont microarchitecture for mobile processors, developing other parts, especially for high-speed cellular data transfer, is another way for Intel to get itself inside the ever-growing world of mobile devices.

[Via Xbit Labs]

Topics: Tablets, Intel, Laptops, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Love to see this and an airmont inside the new 8" Surface.

    And please MS make it so it's not a friggin tank like the current Surface 2 disappointingly still is.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Shift in Focus

    Intel trying to change its strategy by focusing on smartphones and tablets, and produce chips for other manufacturers
    Suzzane Lee
  • Late to the party

    I'm perplexed it took Intel so long to turn their attention to mobile. PC sales were dropping steadily over the past several years. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out they'd need a need revenue stream.

    As Intel shifts their attention and resources to mobile I wonder if it will allow AMD to catch up with desktop processors.
  • XMM 7160 Driver


    We are testing the Intel XMM 7160 4G Module, but it seems there is no driver built-in for windows and linux. We bought the interl 7160 from

    The seller can't provide the driver for us. Can you please provide the driver for us? thank you.