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 Announces mmWave 5G RF Module for Phones
Jul 23, 2018
Qualcomm today announced new antennas that will bring mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G to mobile devices such as smartphones. The QTM052 mmWave module and QPM5xx sub-6 GHz RF module are compact enough that they are suitable for phones.
AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks
Jan 31, 2017
AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year.
Sprint Pins Network Strategy On 'HPUE' Technology
Dec 13, 2016
Sprint today detailed a new technology called High Performance User Equipment that promises to improve the behavior of its 2.5 GHz spectrum in terms of capacity, speed, and range. HPUE is a modem-level technology that ushers in a new power class for mobile phones, called Power Class 2.
AT&T Not Waiting for 5G Standard, to Offer Consumer Trials
Jan 4, 2017
AT&T today laid out more of it is roadmap for 5G and brazenly said it is moving forward despite the lack of standardization for 5G. "We're not waiting until the final standards are set to lay the foundation for our evolution to 5G," said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations.
Verizon Says 5G Trials Progressing Nicely
Feb 22, 2016
Verizon Wireless today provided a snapshot of its progress in testing 5G wireless technology. The company has performed trials both in the lab and real-world environments, including residential and commercial areas, with partners Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm.