Marking Intel's 29th year in China, CEO Brian Krzanich took the stage at IDF Shenzhen with a little surprise: his company will be shipping its first Cat 6 multi-mode LTE solution, the XMM 7260, in Q2 this year. This follows the XMM 7160 that started shipping with Cat 4 LTE and half the number of basebands last October. The new solution has added support for China's popular TD-SCDMA plus TD-LTE networks, along with the usual 2G GSM, WCDMA plus FDD-LTE around the world. With Cat 6 LTE's carrier aggregation mode, the XMM 7260 can reach a top theoretical speed of 300Mbps, which is twice that of Cat 4 LTE.There's no word on who will be shipping the first mobile devices featuring Intel's speedy modem, but Krzanich did use a development device -- powered by Intel's SoFIA Atom processor -- to make a live Skype video call over LTE with Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing in Hong Kong, so we'll take that as a hint. But of course, this doesn't mean that Lenovo will be ditching its good friend MediaTek, who will be catching up with its own LTE solution very soon.
Intel aims at China with its speedy LTE Cat 6 solution, shipping in Q2 this year
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