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.