Qualcomm Announces Millimeter-Wave 5G Modem for 2018

The 5G standard may not be out yet, but that's not stopping companies from getting a head start on the new system. Qualcomm became the first to launch a commercially available 5G modem chipset with today?EU?s announcement of the Snapdragion X50.

The chipset is designed to support cellular device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments, according to Qualcomm.

?EU?The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase,?EU? said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., in a statement. ?EU?Utilizing our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality.?EU?

Opening Up the Millimeter Wave Spectrum

The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will support operation in the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 28 GHz band, the company said. It will also employ MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques that facilitate broadband communications in NLOS (non-line-of-sight) environments.

The new chipset is also designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second, thanks to support for 800 MHz bandwidth transmission. The Snapdragon X50 can be used for multi-mode 4G and 5G mobile broadband, as well as fixed wireless broadband devices. The processor also includes an integrated Gigabit LTE modem, something Qualcomm said will be key to providing a wide coverage area for early 5G network deployments.

For mobile broadband operators that are already deploying 5G equipment that uses mmWave, the new modem chipset offers the opportunity to work with Qualcomm on lab tests, field trials, and early network deployments. OEMs that use the Snapdragon X50 will also have the chance to get...

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