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Qualcomm Technologies is making significant strides toward commercial availability of 5G in mobile devices and networks. And at 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Cristiano Amon talked about just how far we’ve come, with the news that we have achieved the first-announced successful demonstration of a 5G trials & deployments.
Snapdragon X50 5G modem chip (left); 28GHz mmWave antenna module (right)
It will employ multiple-Input/multiple-Outputantenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques, which are designed to provide more robust mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight environments. With 800 MHz bandwidth support, the modem is designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.
Crucially created to be used for multimode 4G/5G mobile broadband, as well as fixed wireless broadband devices, the Snapdragon X50 can be paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with an integrated gigabit LTE modem.
The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and [original equipment manufacturers] reach the cellular network and device testing phase,” said Cristiano Amon, EVP at QTI and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “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. This shows that we’re not just talking about 5G, we’re truly committed to it.”
The release of the Snapdragon X50 5G modem will allow operators deploying mm wave 5G networks to work closely with QTI to conduct lab tests, field trials and early network deployments. Qualcomm claims OEMs utilizing the Snapdragon X50 5G modem will gain an early start in opti MN amizing their devices to take on the challenges associated with integrating mm wave, like limited range and poor penetration. Qualcomm said incorporating the Snapdragon X50 5G modem in devices on a live 5G network can yield valuable insight into the challenges of integrating emerging technologies in form-factor-accurate devices. QTI will use these insights to help accelerate the standardization and commercialization of 5G new radio, the global standard for 5G.
Qualcomm believes the proliferation of 5G technology will make it more cost-effective and easier for multigigabit internet service to reach more homes and businesses. The Snapdragon X50 5G platform will include the modem, the SDR051 mm wave transceivers and the supporting PMX50 power management chip. Sampling for the Snapdragon X50 5G modem is expected to begin in the second half of 2017. The first commercial products that will integrate the Snapdragon X50 5G modem are expected to be available during the first half of 2018.
The announcement comes the same day Qualcomm announced the first gigabit LTE mobile device and network.
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