Intel to Buy Lantiq to Further Internet of Things
Intel today said it has agreed to purchase Lantiq for an undisclosed sum. Lantiq, which is based in Germany, makes broadband and home connectivity equipment. Intel said the acquisition will improve its ability to offer DSL, fiber, LTE, retail, and internet-of-things gateways and routers. Though Intel's main business is application processors, it understands that pairing processors with connectivity solutions is essential. For example, Intel scooped up Infineon back in 2010 so it could add LTE baseband radios to its smartphone and tablet processors. Intel's acquisition of Lantiq is subject to regulatory approval, but it expects the deal to close within 90 days.
Intel Debuts 5G Radios
Intel today announced a range of 5G modems for mobile devices that rely on various technologies to handle the transition from 4G to 5G. The XMM 8000 series will handle multi-mode operations on 600 MHz and mmWave band around the globe and will be ideal for PCs, phones, and fixed wireless equipment.
Intel Cancels Several Phone Chips
Intel said it will discontinue a handful of processors meant for smartphones and tablets as it continues to shift its business toward more profitable products. In particular, Intel has cancelled plans to sell three of its SoFIA processor-baseband combination chips.
Tag Heuer, Intel Partner On Second Android Watch
Tag Heuer and Intel today announced the Modular 45, an Android-powered smartwatch run by an Intel processor. As the name implies, the wearable is highly configurable thanks to easy-to-swap modules, horns, bracelets, buckles, and dials.
Intel Shows Off RealSense Camera for Smartphones
Intel made a slew of announcements recently, among them a new camera module for smartphones and new versions of its Atom mobile processor. Intel's RealSense 3D camera is meant to help solve complex problems based on what it can see, but it can also power things like gesture-based controls.