Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), declared today the Qualcomm snapdragon X50 5G modem, making Qualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution. it’s designed to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are the building future generation of cellular devices, additionally as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments.(Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G : The First 5G Modem Solution)
The snapdragon X50 5G modem can at the start support operation in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum within the 28GHz band. it’ll use Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with accommodative beamforming and beam pursuit techniques, that facilitates robust and sustained mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments. With 800 MHz bandwidth support, the snapdragon X50 5G modem is intended to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.
Designed to be used for multi-mode 4G/5G mobile broadband, as well as fixed wireless broadband devices, the snapdragon X50 5G modem is often paired with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with an integrated Gigabit LTE modem and interwork cohesively via dual-connectivity. Gigabit LTE can become a necessary pillar for the 5G mobile experience because it will give a good coverage layer for nascent 5G networks.
“The snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT. “Utilizing our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are excited to deliver a product that may help play a vital role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality. This shows that we’re not simply talking concerning 5G, we’re really committed to that.”
With the snapdragon X50 5G modem, operators deploying mmWave 5G networks will now work closely with QTI to conduct research laboratory tests, field trials and early network deployments. additionally, OEMs utilizing the snapdragon X50 5G modem can have a chance to achieve an early begin in optimizing their devices for the distinctive challenges related to integrating mmWave. Incorporating the snapdragon X50 5G modem in devices on a live 5G network will yield valuable insight into the challenges of integrating emerging technologies in form-factor accurate devices. QTI can utilize these insights to assist accelerate the standardization and development of 5G New Radio (NR), the global standard for 5G.
For consumers, enhanced mobile broadband supported by 5G can bring unprecedented immediacy between mobile users and cloud services, enhancing media consumption, improving media generation and providing evenquicker access to rich info. in addition, the proliferation of 5G technology will create it more cost-effective and easier for multi-gigabit internet service to succeed in a lot of homes and businesses.
The snapdragon X50 5G modem builds on QTI’s long history of delivering industry-leading orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) chips and technology, previously demonstrated by the company’s industry leadership in many generations of LTE technology and product, as well as mmWave and massive MIMO architectures in the 802.11ad product.
The snapdragon X50 5G platform can embrace the modem, the SDR051 mmWave transceivers, and also the supporting PMX50 power management chip. Sampling for the snapdragon X50 5G modem is predicted to begin in the second half of 2017. the first commercial product that may integrate the snapdragon X50 5G modem are expected to be available during the first half 2018.