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October 18, 2016

First 5G modem solution sees Qualcomm striving to 5G leadership

Its 5G modem solution can be paired with any of its three new processors.

By Hannah Williams

Qualcomm Technologies has unveiled the Snapdrgaon X50 5G modem, making it the first company to announce a 5G modem chipset solution.

It is designed to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are building the next generation of cellular devices, and aid network operators working on early 5G trials and deployments.

The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will initially support operation in millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 28GHz band. With a massive 800 MHz bandwidth support, it is also designed to support peak download speeds of up to five gigabits per second.

Gigabit LTE is to become an essential pillar for the 5G mobile experience, as it can provide a wide coverage layer for nascent 5G networks.

The Snapdragon X50 5G modem can be paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with an integrated Gigabit LTE modem and interwork cohesively via dual-connectivity.

‘5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) denotes the proposed next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G standards. Rather than faster peak Internet connection speeds, 5G planning aims at higher capacity than current 4G, allowing higher number of mobile broadband users per area unit, and allowing consumption of higher or unlimited data quantities in gigabyte per month and user.’

Source: wikipedia

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One of which can be from the three Snapdragon processors newly introduced by Qualcomm, aimed at supporting enhanced user experiences and connectivity for high performance and high volume mobile devices.

All three processors, Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427 processors are designed to support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, enabled to deliver power up to 4X faster compared to traditional charging methods.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies said: “The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase”

3d illustration of a glowing blue Qualcomm logo sitting on top of a glossy microchip

3d illustration of a glowing blue Qualcomm logo sitting on top of a glossy microchip

The first commercial products which will integrate the Snapdragon X50 5G modem are expected to be available during the first half of 2018. Whilst, its 653 and 626 Snapdragon chipsets are expected to be available by the end of 2016.

Following this, Qualcomm also announced its partnerships with Testra, Ericsson and NETGEAR on the world’s first Gigabit Class LTE mobile device, and the first Gigabit Class LTE commercially ready network.

The partnership includes; NETGEAR mobile router MR1100 (based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem), and Testra’s new Gigabit Class LTE network enabled by Ericsson.

They all create a new breed of mobile applications and experiences for immersive virtual reality; near-instant access to cloud storage and services, incredibly fast downloads of multimedia content and more, the company said.

The organisation also recently made a deal to acquire NXP semiconductors.

Serge Wilenegger, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies said: “Qualcomm Technologies has long been a leader in LTE, pioneering many of the building blocks for 3G and 4G and now paving the way to 5G.”

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