Qualcomm has lifted the overs from its 4th gen 5G modem – the Snapdragon X65, which succeeds the X60 found in last year’s flagships. Qualcomm’s latest offering is the most considerable promise that it brings 10 Gigabit 5G to the table – the first 5G modem-RF system in the world to reach those numbers. Additionally, the company has also launched the slightly toned-down Snapdragon X62 5G modem as well. Qualcomm offerings are currently in the sampling phase and will appear in commercially available devices such as smartphones by late 2021.
Talking about the critical advancements introduced by the Snapdragon X65 Modem-RF system, it features an upgradeable architecture that will adapt to the new 3GPP Release 16 standard via software updates. What this essentially means is Qualcomm’s new 5G modem is future-proof too. And to go with it, Qualcomm has also come up with a QTM545 fourth-generation mmWave antenna module that is claimed to boost mmWave coverage and power efficiency, aside from supporting higher transmit power.
The Snapdragon X65 modem is also touted to be the first to rely on an AI Antenna tuning technology to improve cellular performance and efficiency further to achieve faster data speeds and longer battery life. There’s also a next-gen power tracking solution that is smaller yet offers higher performance. Qualcomm says its latest offering also relies on frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD across the mmWave and Sub-6GHz bands for the most comprehensive spectrum aggregation.
Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform Gen2
In addition to the new 5G modems, Qualcomm has also announced its second-gen 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform, bringing 10Gbps support to the table. The upgraded platform will let telecom operators offer fixed internet broadband services to homes and businesses using their 5G infrastructure.
It also features the new extended-range Qualcomm QTM547 mmWave antenna module and is touted to be the first in the world to offer 5G sub-6 GHz support with eight receive (RX) antennas. Following are a few critical features of Qualcomm’s next-gen 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform:
Lastly, Qualcomm has also introduced a slew of RF Front End (RFFE) solutions targeted at 5G mobile devices. Here’s the new portfolio that Qualcomm has unveiled: