Qualcomm Says Snapdragon X50 Modem Is a 5G First
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, what it claims is the first "commercial 5G modem chipset" for mobile device makers. The Snapdragon X50 isn't necessarily intended to reach consumer-grade devices. Instead, it is meant to help companies build potential 5G cellular devices and also help network operators with their 5G trials. The modem targets millimeter wave operation in the 28 GHz spectrum band. It boasts MIMO antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques. These are meant to help maintain connections when the device does not have a direct line-of-site to the cell tower or signal source. The Snapdragon X50 boasts download speeds up to 5 Gbps. Qualcomm says the X50 can be paired with most any Snapdragon processor and will support multi-mode 4G/5G operation. Qualcomm believes making the Snapdragon X50 5G modem available to phone makers and network operators is vital in moving 5G forward through lab tests, field trials, early deployments, and, eventually, standardization. Phone makers, in particular, might benefit from testing the X50 early so they can optimize their devices to function with mmWave technology. The Snapdragon X50 5G development platform will include transceivers, power management chips, and the modem. Qualcomm expects the platform to sample during the second half of 2017 with commercial products appearing in the first half of 2018.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
Qualcomm Shrinks 5G Modem to Phone-Sized Chipset
Qualcomm says it has created a 5G modem that's small enough for mobile devices. The Snapdragon X50 5G chipset, which Qualcomm tested in its San Diego lab, reached gigabit speeds using 28 GHz mmWave radio frequencies.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 Modem Hits 2 Gbps Downloads
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X24, a Cat 20 LTE modem with support for downloads up to 2 Gbps, to its hardware partners. The X24 is built on a 7nm FinFET process and includes advanced LTE technologies, such as 7-channel carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO on up to five carriers, and Massive MIMO.
Verizon, Nokia, Qualcomm Ring Up First 5G Call
Verizon Wireless says it has made the first phone call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technologies over licensed spectrum. The company used a prototype mobile device from Qualcomm with the chip maker's 5G NR radio on board.