More broadly, Intel is pushing 5G's performance chops in terms of delivering high-end online gaming experiences, as well as heavyweight video streaming, and indulging in the likes of untethered VR while on-the-move.
Specifically, the chipmaker is planning to use its XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems, which are expected to begin shipping later next year, as the basis for the delivery of what it claims will be the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs to come into the market. Intel doesn't envision them hitting shelves until we're into the second half of 2019, which is more than a year away.
Intel expects to showcase a concept 5G PC during the Mobile World Congress 2018 conference and expo, set to be held in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1.
"This is not just PC clamshell [laptop] form factors", Intel's Rob Topol told reporters this week.
The modems will still support 2G, 3G, and LTE; telcos globally aren't expected to launch 5G services until 2019 or 2020.
With some of the first 5G connected devices arriving on the market likely to be smartphones rather than PCs, Intel is also working to build its technology into phones, Rivera said.
And on the Wi-Fi front, the company is set to showcase an ultra-thin PC which boasts 802.11ax connectivity, the next big step forward for Wi-Fi. The ultimate goal here is to bring gigabit speeds to Windows laptops, according to The Verge.
Intel introduced its upcoming portfolio of commercial 5G modems, including the XMM 8000 series - Intel's first family of 5G radio multi-mode commercial modems - in November past year.
Intel's ambition to bring 5G to Windows PCs and smartphones using its own modem may have something to do with Qualcomm.
Qualcomm may have the edge when it comes to 4G connected PCs at the moment, but Intel is fighting back.
5G is not just another generation of wireless connectivity, it promises new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape from the cloud to the network and the client.