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Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon x50 modem based on 5G Technology

Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon x50 modem based on 5G Technology

Also, besides smartphones, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem can also be used with Always Connected PCs, HMDs (Head-Mounted Displays) and Mobile Broadband for better connectivity.

Qualcomm revealed today that it has begun sampling the X24 modem, which it claims is the first Category 20 LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second.

The new Snapdragon X24 can support up to seven times carrier aggregation and 4x4MIMO on up to five different bands on downlink. Dubbed as the Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem, it is the company's eighth-generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution, featuring the most advanced cellular features of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date, and strengthening the LTE foundation for future 5G NR multimode devices and networks. Additional system capacity improvements are made possible through the support of Full Dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO), a Massive MIMO technology that is foundational to future 5G NR networks.

The modem's 14nm RF transceiver and QET5100 Envelope Tracker make the X24 the first to support 60 MHz envelope tracking, a technique that continuously adjusts the amplifier's power supply to keep it operating at peak efficiency.

It said equipment manufacturers will benefit from using the chip by offering 360-degree video, cloud computing, entertainment and "instant apps" on their devices.

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Those attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona can experience a demonstration of the 2 Gbps speeds of the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, in conjunction with Ericsson, NETGEAR and Telstra at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26-March 1, Booth: Hall 3 Stand 3E10. This week, the focus is back on 4G LTE and the immediate future, as we see the new Snapdragon X24 pushing LTE boundaries further.

All that speed means blisteringly fast mobile connections for streaming and other online activity; we'd imagine porn aficionados could get hold of some much grot that they'd break themselves.

The latest mobile modem from Qualcomm promises "fibre-like" speeds of up to 2Gbps. We know our customers value faster connectivity in their mobile work environments.

At its 5G day yesterday (US time), Qualcomm laid out other 5G NR developments on its drawing board, including licensed-assisted access (LAA) for sharing spectrum between licensed and unlicensed applications; and Qualcomm's spectrum-share scheme called 5G MulteFire (a 5G version of a technology that uses unlicensed spectrum for LTE transmissions). LTE isn't going anywhere; it will be the primary vector for mobile data for several years yet and even when 5G starts to ramp up LTE will be the fallback technology on the frequent occasions when you're out of range of a 5G cell, or a leaf gets in the way of the signal or whatever. It's coming to flagship phones late this year and into 2019.


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