Qualcomm has been developing tech to usher in the 5G future we are being promised by smartphone makers and wireless carriers for a while now. It already has a healthy dose of modems and antennas to make this 5G future a reality and it is bolstering its that offering with two new products: the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and QTM 525 mmWave antenna module.
One of the big challenges the development of 5G is encountering is balancing and using all the different types of frequencies to deliver a constant experience. That’s easier said than done with 5G because its reception is so fickle. However, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X55 modem overcomes those limitations with its multimode architecture that will integrate every spectrum band (from 5G to 2G) for the most consistent experience.
The Snapdragon X55 will virtually support any band, including mmWave, sub-6 GHz, FD-MIMO and LTE Cat22 in any region. This opens the door for theoretical performance of up to 7Gbps, which is unheard of in the current landscape.
Qualcomm’s new modem will roll out in the second half of 2019 with 20 global OEM and operating partners.
In conjunction with the Snapdragon X55 modem, Qualcomm also unveiled the QTM525 mmWave antenna module that will make it easy for OEMs to equip their devices with the antenna technology to support 5G. Measuring in at under 8mm, it can fit into the slim design of any smartphone.
Qualcomm is making the hardware possible for devices to support 5G, now it is up to the carriers to offer the network. Unfortunately, that most likely isn’t coming to a city near you in 2019.
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