Intel Announces Key Industry Partnerships With Cisco, Ericsson For Herculean 5G Wireless Push

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Intel is flexing its muscles by partnering with some of the wireless industry’s biggest names to support the transition to 5G technology. Some of those partners include Ericsson, Korea Telecom (Intel will begin 5G wireless trials with KT in 2018), Nokia, SK Telecom and Verizon.

In addition, Intel has also announced an alliance with Ericsson and Cisco (all three are members of Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum) to develop next generation 5G router technology that will be deliver high-speed Internet to businesses and residential customers. “This collaboration of industry leaders and 5G pioneers will help to enable secure, ultra-high speed wireless bandwidth,” writes Cisco in a statement. “The solution will offer Gigabit-per-second speeds by combining Cisco's enterprise networking innovations with Ericsson's advanced 5G mobile networking technology and Intel's next-generation 5G silicon.”

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"Collaboration among industry leaders in mobile, computing, and networking is critical to drive innovation and make 5G a reality," adds Asha Keddy, VP and GM of Intel's Next Generation and Standards Group.

Intel says that it is in the early prototype phase for its 5G solutions, and that it will be poised to take the leadership role once the wireless standard become mainstream on tomorrow’s mobile devices and the ever-important Internet of Things (IoT) market.

We’ve already seen ARM dip its toes into the 5G wireless arena with its Cortex-R8 processor architecture, and Qualcomm earlier this month announced its LTE Category 16 modem, the Snapdragon X16, which is capable of download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

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The race to transition everyone to 5G wireless tech is on, and that push will likely involve trying to fit increasingly smaller and more power efficient wireless chips in just about every electronic gadget that we own and even our future vehicles. With the rise of autonomous vehicles, bandwidth-rich wireless solutions can’t get here soon enough to enable a nationwide grid of smart vehicles that “talk” to one another in real-time in an effort to drastically reduce accidents and fatalities.