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Comments on news posted 2014-08-29 08:33:06: We've come quite a way from the era of clunky 300 baud modems: Intel this week announced they've built the world's smallest modem. ..



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Been around for a while

Intel has had 3g embedded into CPUS since early Core2 duo days but required a external expansion card known as WWAN & sim chip.

and is embedded into Core I3/5/7 series chips as well
for remote computer disable/wipe.

Core I3/5/7 series does not need a external expansion card since it's embedded into chip it self
»www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ ··· deo.html

Surely the government can remotely shut down your computer or take a peak when they want too.


n2jtx

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3G Radio?

News Flash: 3G will be phased out soon enough in favor of LTE as the carriers seek to recoup that spectrum for LTE services. Already 2G is on its last legs as there are published timetables for its shutdown. Granted you probably have until 2020 but I am sure 3G services will be drastically scaled back before then making performance suffer.
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3g is going no where soon it's obvious since why make a new chip just for 3g? that is just a waste of money unless there is another motive behind it. intel fully supports 3g outdated tech for remote disable/ wipe of computers
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embedded into all manner of connected devices around the home?? wifi better

embedded into all manner of connected devices around the home?? wifi better.

3g / 4g / lte sucks for that as who will want to pay $10 mo per device? to at some cases use the same small sheared pool of data or have 1-2 GB per device that may mostly not used in full.


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Re: Been around for a while

They aren't embedded in CPUs, they've been internal PCI-e modules that stick into a PCI-e port on the motherboard, they are also much larger than this chipset Intel announced.


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Re: 3G Radio?

3G chipsets like this are made because 2G is phasing out and there is plenty of use for IoT. Think of wearables that can also now be independent of bluetooth and other such uses. Samgung just announced a 3G wearable, Timex did too, Filip is a kids wearable, all 3G. Size matters in these devices and 3G is much more power efficient than LTE, plus LTE spectrrum is split over more bands, so you'd have to build an antenna to support 4 bands just for a US product rather than just 2 for 3G, or you can move to 4 to support world wide coverage, LTE starts to get real ridiculous to support world wide bands.

rradina

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Planned obsolescence so folks have to buy a new one in a few years.


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Re: embedded into all manner of connected devices around the home?? wifi better

Right. Exact same smackdown 3G tablets took. Only crazy people try to justify that. Crazy people and lock-ins who aren't allowed to tether.

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Re: 3G Radio?

Uh, wrong. Number of bands isn't what affects the antennas. It's the number of frequencies. 3G didn't function on only 2 frequency bands in the first place (more like 6), but LTE actually simplifies that by having global consistent LTE bands. The problem with the 3G ones is that they required actual separate chips, LTE doesn't.

It's not planned obsolescence either, though.


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Re: Been around for a while

with a logo like this how could you trust them
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floydb1982

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I get that on my Prism II

This Intel modem is no different that cellular phone. I use the Prism II Android Smartphone and it can get those same speeds on 3G.