FIBOCOM Wireless unveils Intel powered 5G module for the global vertical markets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
FG100, the first of Fibocom’s 5G family modules, with Intel® XMM™ 8160 5G modem, offers a “One World One SKU” solution to enable 5G globally with a standardized M.2 form factor.
FG100 is a multi-mode 5G module that includes EN-DC (LTE+5G), 5GNR-FDD/TDD, LTE-FDD/TDD and 3G WCDMA, supports 5G Sub-6 GHz internally, and mmW through external antenna module. It allows blazing download speed of up 6Gbps on mmW and 4Gbps on Sub-6 GHz. The improved and uniform data rates in bandwidth enables cloud-connected, immersive experience of mobile broadband such as Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality.
“We at Fibocom are proud to present our first 5G module based on Intel’s XMM™ 8160 5G modem. 5G allows for enhanced experience in speed and capacity with ultra-low latency”, says Tiger Ying, CEO Fibocom. “Building upon our established M.2 modules portfolio with Intel modems, our FG100 enables our customers the natural migration with easy integration from 4G to 5G.”
FG100’s One-World-One-SKU multi-mode, global band support, compliant to both NSA and SA networks, offering a similar architecture and identical interface to its 4G predecessor, commercially available L860, with Intel® XMM™ 7560 Gigabit LTE modem. Both offer PCIe interface (Gen4 for FG100), MIPI and GPIO antenna ports, standard M.2 form factor with global bands, to allow for a 5G ready platform on the proven 4G LTE network, significantly improving time to market on 5G vertical solutions such as computing devices, fixed wireless access, and gateways.
To enable fast adoption of 5G in the vertical markets, Intel and Fibocom have collaborated on a prototype Thunderbolt 3 adapter being demonstrated in the Intel booth at MWC. This adapter enables Windows-based devices with Thunderbolt 3 ports to have easy cellular connectivity on the go. Initially designed with the Intel® XMM™ 7560 Gigabit LTE modem, the adapter can be upgraded to the Intel® XMM™ 8160 5G modem when available. A 5G Thunderbolt 3 adapter will deliver on the promise of plug and play broadband connectivity on the go, and requires no external power since it derives power from the host platform.
“5G’s revolutionary aspect is in its ability to connect all types of devices and become more than just a speed bump for faster phones”, says Chenwei Yan, VP & GM Intel’s Connected Products and Programs.
“Fibocom’s FG100 will help the industry scale 5G to multiple market segments including PC’s, gateways, IOT devices, and vehicles to deliver experiences that benefit from ultra-low latency, expanded capacity, and enhanced broadband speeds.”
Partners including D-Link, Gemtek and VVDN will deliver gateway platforms using the Fibocom L860 gigabit LTE M.2 module with plans to upgrade to the FG100 5G M.2 module when available. With its standardized interface and seamless upgradability, the transition from 4G to 5G is an easy upgrade for customers and allows them to leverage the investment in their 4G platforms.
FG100 will be available to sample this year, with commercial availability in 2020.