October 20, 2016 — Qualcomm Technologies has launched the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, designed to support original equipment manufacturers that are building the next generation of cellular devices, as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments.
The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will initially support operation in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 28 GHz band. It will employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques, which 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 designed 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 can be paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with an integrated Gigabit LTE modem and interwork cohesively via dual-connectivity. Gigabit LTE will become an essential pillar for the 5G mobile experience, as it can provide a wide coverage layer for nascent 5G networks.
Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies worked with Telstra, Ericsson and NETGEAR on a Gigabit Class LTE mobile device, and a Gigabit Class LTE commercially ready network. The results of this relationship includes the NETGEAR Mobile Router MR1100 and Telstra’s Gigabit Class LTE network enabled by Ericsson.