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    MWC: Intel brings SoCs, network transformation to Barcelona


    Intel launched its MWC portfolio this morning, comprising new chips, network architecture and security products. 

    The Atom x3 processors are a new SoC solution for low cost devices. Formerly christened “SoFIA”, it combines 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom processors with 3G or LTE connectivity, handling apps, images, graphics, audio and power management.

    Intel said 20 companies, including ASUS and Jolla, will use the SoCs on forthcoming devices.

    It also released its first 14nm Atom SoC, the Atom x5 and x7 processor series for tablets. It offers 64-bit support for Windows and Android, Intel Gen 8 graphics and LTE-A connectivity. The first devices touting the SoC will hit the market in the coming months, with Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba committing to it.

    Intel also launched a LTE-A Category 10 modem, the XMM 7360, which supports tri-band carrier aggregation and speeds of up to 450MBps. It said smartphones, tablets, phablets and PCs will be able to run the modem.

    Elsewhere in its connectivity products, it demonstrated a pre-5G concept, bringing together LTE with 802.11ad to deliver speeds of 1GBps.

    In addition to adding security features to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices, Intel said it was working with LG to help secure personal data. The forthcoming LG Watch Urbane LTE will include McAfee Mobile Security, allowing consumers to remotely lock, locate and wipe the device.

    Also in security, Deutsche Telekom will pre-install Intel’s True Key product for its customers, offering password authentication through facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. Prestigio devices will also feature the technology in forthcoming Android tablets and smartphones.

    Finally, the manufacturer said it was working with Alcatel-Lucent in its virtual radio access network solution. It comprises a virtualised baseband that uses servers running Intel’s Xeon processors. The vRAN will be trialled this year and sold in 2016.

    Ericsson is using its Rack Scale Architecture, management and orchestration software to run the cloud across private, public, enterprise and telco cloud domains.

    Finally, Huawei will develop its FusionSphere data centre technology based on Intel architecture, also using Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit and Open vSwitch to optimise NFV performance.

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, said: “The evolution of the mobile landscape and growth of smart, connected devices has led to increased demand for more connectivity and real-time, protected data on those devices.

    “All of these factors are driving a transformation of the network to accelerate the delivery of new personal computing experiences, services and capabilities in a safe and secure manner. Intel is one of the only companies in the world that can provide solutions end-to-end for the full spectrum of mobility.”

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