5G was on everyone’s mind at Mobile World Congress 2017. No surprise. It is likely to be one of the most important technology developments of our time. 5G will enable new experiences across a variety of industries and categories including automotive, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, homes, buildings, factories, cities and infrastructure.
At MWC 2017, Intel showcased new 5G use cases, announced major industry collaborations, and revealed new products with the goal of making 5G a reality.
Below is an overview of Intel resources, award wins and key news from the show.
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MWC INDUSTRY RECOGNITION
Intel and Intel-based technologies scored a number of big wins and received plenty of recognition at Mobile World Congress 2017.
Intel received the Security Innovation Award from Expert Reviews and the Oakley Radar Pace based on Intel technology was shortlisted as Best Wearable Mobile Technology at the prestigious Global Mobile Awards.
Samsung Mobile walked away with several wins for its Galaxy Book. ITPro named it best-in-show (business) and commented: “Powered by Intel’s newest Kaby Lake processors and sporting some truly gorgeous design values, if Samsung nails the price point it could be in with a shot of finally cracking that particular nut.”
Lenovo was also shortlisted in the Global Mobile Awards for Best Connected Consumer Electronic Device for its Lenovo Yoga Book based on the Intel Atom® processor.
PC magazine wrote: “… we were impressed with Porsche Design’s first venture into laptops. Starting at $2,495, the Book One shows off Intel’s best technology in a sleek, all-metal Porsche Design body, with a Kaby Lake Core i7 and all the right ports: Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, USB-A, and microSD. Its swiveling, detachable, super-high-res screen delivers more flexibility in more modes than any other laptop out there.”
KEY MEDIA COVERAGE
“Intel hopes 5G will breathe new life into its smartphone business” (TechCrunch): The company’s MWC booth showcases how large of a play the technology will ultimately be for the chipmaker. “We’re making sure the prototypes and these early chipsets are available to anybody,” [Intel executive Rob] Topol says. “We’ve talked with mobile handset makers, automobile manufacturers, all of them. That’s the goal, for Intel to be very aggressive. If we see smartphone growth explode with 5G, we’re ready.”
“MWC 2017: 5G – who wants it, who’ll pay?” (BBC): Intel’s Aicha Evans did a good job explaining why we should be excited about the promise of 5G… “Think about what was life like without smartphones — start there,” and then explained that just as that revolution had connected people, so this next one would allow everything else to get connected, enabling all sorts of advances in the way we live.
“What Is 5G, and When Do I Get It?” (Wired): “Where you saw a growth in 4G was around data-centric, smartphone-centric use cases,” says Rob Topol, a general manager for Intel’s 5G business. “We’re looking beyond the smartphone for 5G.” In particular, that means categories like automotive, virtual reality, drones, and more should reap its benefits first.
“Show Notes: Apple’s ecosystem walls keep getting higher” (The Verge): Intel is making a huge push into modems around MWC next week … and there’s a lot of chatter about 5G stuff in Barcelona to come. Really feels like the industry is a little sick of Qualcomm’s dominance in LTE over the past few years and ready for some competition as the next generation of LTE networks rolls out and 5G standards start to settle in.
“Exclusive: Intel CEO Touts New Strategy for Next Wireless Wave” (Fortune): Intel’s overarching 5G strategy will be to provide a full suite of products for covering almost every part of the new networks that will all seamlessly interact, Krzanich explains. In his vision, the company’s 5G modem chip for cars will connect with other high capacity Intel computing chips and sensors in the vehicle and then send data back to data centers that, of course, also run on Intel chips. The same will be true for robotics, drones, and home broadband.
“Intel Grabs MWC By The Horns With Unique 5G And 4G Gigabit Modems Supporting CDMA” (Forbes): Intel is approaching 5G from an “end to end” position, spanning virtually all the company’s businesses from cloud data center, core network, access network and wireless technology to smart devices. This is a good strategy for it as it leverages their strongest areas like data centers and fulfills many of the programmable network needs carriers are looking for.