Qualcomm's Next 5G Modem to Hit 7 Gbps Download Speeds

Qualcomm's Next 5G Modem to Hit 7 Gbps Download Speeds

That was all for this year, and while there still isn't a single product readily for sale with the X50 modem, Qualcomm is already talking about its 5G solution for next year.

Today, Qualcomm has unveiled its latest 5G modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55. Joining the X55 modem is the new QTM525 mmWave antenna module, succeeding last year's QTM052.

The second part is the Qualcomm QET6100 5G NR Envelope Tracker.

Qualcomm's pace of innovation remains impressive, but I do feel this sort of makes it look like they're tripping over themselves to be able to announce "FIRST" in response to everything related to 5G. That means the X50 and QTM052 will still be filling smartphones and sucking down batteries for the majority of 2019. With Mobile World Congress happening at the end of February, a bunch of OEMs are going to announce 5G hardware this week and next week, and those devices should run previously announced X50 hardware. Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc also has 5G chip, with Intel Corp targeting the second half of this year for a release.

That leads to weird arrangements like Motorola's 5G Moto Mod having its own Snapdragon 855 onboard to go with the X50, completely separate from the Moto Z3's own Snapdragon 835. The QTM525 module can fit in 5G phones that are thinner than 8mm (about 0.31 inches).

You have to remember, Verizon and AT&T are engaged in a massive and extremely expensive race to deploy 5G mmWave, and the first carrier with a viable 5G phone in 2019 gets all the 5G bragging rights. Some elements of 5G phones, such as the design of antennas and chips for handling analog radio waves, are more complicated than previous generations of phones. While again this might be fine in the first iterations and carrier deployments, lower frequency spectrum at and below 800MHz is only available in FDD duplex mode. Qualcomm doesn't give exact sizes for each module, but it says it has spent time "reducing the height of the module to support 5G smartphone designs sleeker than 8 millimeters thick". But now, let's see what improvements is Qualcomm bringing with the X55.

One of the most important bits about the X55 is that it supports FD-MIMO or Full-Dimension MIMO. The Snapdragon X50 was built on a 10nm manufacturing process, but the X55 is being upgraded to a 7nm process. They'll be taking center stage at MWC 2019 next week, and SlashGear will be there to bring you all the news you need to know about the 5G future. The modem supports "all major frequency bands", including both mmWave and sub-6GHz, as well as spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G, which allows carriers to use their existing 4G spectrum to support dynamic 4G and 5G services. SA ditches the use of LTE networks for backend communication, transitioning over entirely to 5G. The new modem comes with more global 5G compatibility and now covers the 26GHz, 28GHz, and 39GHz mmWave spectrum. The first is FDD support, in addition to the TDD that the X50 offers.

Now, 5G can really begin. It supports 7 Gbps peak download speeds and 3 Gbps upload speeds over 5G and has integrated Category 22 Gigabit LTE capabilities with 2.5 Gbps download speeds. Snapdragon X55 features cutting-edge LTE features, including 24 spatial streams, 4x4 MIMO, and 1024-QAM.

It's unclear how this 4G/5G modem will be used in a device.

What does that mean for you? Will Qualcomm start making SoCs without LTE on board, totally relying on this chip for cellular connectivity?



Related Posts

"No Testing? No Rush", Says Trump On Ending North Korea's Nuclear Program
But it is as hard as ever to imagine Mr Trump will achieve his ultimate goal - the full denuclearisation of North Korea . He was in charge of the affairs for the Singapore summit in June a year ago between the leaders of the two sides.

F1: Sebastian Vettel describes Charles Leclerc as 'full rival'
It's been a pretty normal test so far; fortunately, the auto has been very reliable, so that's good news". The cars will only get quicker from where they are today.

CONFIRMED: Huawei P30 launch is taking place in Paris next month
The Huawei P30 Pro, in particular, might be the company's first quad-camera phone, with one lens dedicated to capturing 3D images. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will likely go on sale soon after the launch, but buyers in the USA won't be able to score one easily.

Snow, sleet threaten DC region Wednesday morning
What should you do if you are in a multi-vehicle pileup? The precipitation will turn to rain later Wednesday . A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for West Michigan for Wednesday for a mixed bag of winter weather.

Apple to investigate Saudi app
Human Rights Watch's Rothna Begum told INSIDER: "Apple and Google have rules against apps that facilitate threats and harassment". While Cook said he wasn't aware of the existence of the app, he told NPR that Apple would investigate the matter.

Carolina Hurricanes Owner Injects $250 Million Into AAF
On paper, the AAF shouldn't have this problem: All of the teams are owned by the league itself and not individual owners. All AAF players receive the same 3-year, $250,000 contract, plus incentive-based bonuses.

Anthony Weiner released from prison, will register as sex offender
He had pleaded guilty to exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. He is set to be released from custody in May, with his sentence reduced by three months for good conduct.

Avengers: Endgame's Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks She's Too Old To Be A Superhero
It would seem like she is going to be in a CGI outfit in the " Avengers: Infinity War " sequel. However, her role as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man and Avengers films has remained steady.

Queen to rock Oscars with live performance
It received five Oscar nominations this year, including for Best Picture and Best Actor for lead Rami Malek . Rock band Queen will perform at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards ceremony, with Adam Lambert on vocals.

France snubs Trump’s appeal to repatriate IS fighters en masse, for now
It has taken years of devastating fighting by various forces across both Iraq and Syria to shatter the group's "caliphate". The SDF had to slow its approach as a result, he said.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.