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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Intel To Exit TV business, Releases 4G LTE Modem And LTE Module For Ultrabooks

Chipmaker Intel seems to recoonsider its television service and is reportedly in talks with Verizon Communications to take over the business. The company also today announced the availability of its 4G LTE solution - the Intel XMM 7160 platform.

Starting with Intel's TV business, All Things D reports that Verizon has been in talks to take over Intel's television service, possibly by taking control of Intel's media unit. The report, which is based on "people familiar with the matter", does not clarify whether Intel would maintain a stake in the unit.

Representatives from Intel and Verizon did not comment.

Earlier this year, Intel's executives had disclosed the company's plans to launch an Internet TV service with live and on-demand content.

Apple, Google, Sony and Microsoft are also trying to enter consumer's living room through TV, while Netflix and's streaming video services have millions of subscribers.

But is seems that Intel has struggled to reach content deals with media companies.

Seperately, Intel today announced the commercial availability of its multimode, multiband 4G LTE solution. The Intel XMM 7160 platform is featured in the LTE version of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 (10.1), now available in Asia and Europe.

Intel has also expanded its portfolio of 4G LTE connectivity solutions, introducing PCIe (PCI Express) M.2 modules for 4G connected tablets, Ultrabooks and 2 in 1 devices as well as an integrated radio frequency (RF) transceiver module, the Intel SMARTi m4G. These new products make it cost effective for device manufacturers to add wireless connectivity to their product designs.

The commercial availability of the Intel XMM 7160 solution follows interoperability testing with major infrastructure vendors and tier-one operators across Asia, Europe and North America. The Intel XMM 7160 is one of the world's smallest and lowest-power multimode, multiband LTE solutions for phones and tablets. The solution provides connectivity across 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks,supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously and is voice-over LTE (VoLTE) capable. It features a configurable RF architecture, running real-time algorithms for envelope tracking and antenna tuning that enables cost-efficient multiband configurations, extended battery life and global LTE roaming in a single SKU.

Building on the Intel XMM 7160 platform, Intel today announced two multimode LTE solutions that pave the way for 4G connected devices in a variety of form factors.

New Intel PCIe M.2 LTE Modules and Intel SMARTi m4G Solution Intel introduced Intel PCIe M.2 LTE modules, which are small, embedded modules in a standardized form factor for adding multimode (2G/3G/4G LTE) data connectivity across a variety of device types. The Intel M.2 module supports peak downlink speeds of 100Mbps over LTE. The modules support up to 15 LTE frequency bands for global roaming. In addition, those modules also feature support for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) based on the Intel CG1960 GNSS solution.

For manufacturers, the M.2 module makes it simple to add 4G connectivity to their designs while reducing integration and certification expenses. The M.2 module is currently undergoing interoperability testing with tier-one global service providers. Intel M.2-based modules will soon be available from Huawei, Sierra Wireless and Telit. These modules are expected to ship globally in 2014 tablet and Ultrabook designs from leading manufacturers.

In addition to the new M.2 LTE module, Intel also offers the new Intel SMARTi m4G - a highly integrated radio transceiver module. The Intel SMARTi m4G was developed in cooperation with Murata and integrates the Intel SMARTi 4G transceiver with most front-end components in one LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) package. When paired with the Intel X-GOLD 716 baseband, manufacturers can meet the certification requirements of service providers with minimal design cycles in an low-profile solution.

Intel plans to deliver next-generation LTE solutions, including the Intel XMM 7260 in 2014.

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