Mobile Devices

Qualcomm unveils 10 gigabit 5G modem

10 February 2021
The X65 modem will allow devices to support the fastest 5G speeds with fiber-like wireless performance. Source: Qualcomm

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has introduced its Snapdragon X65 5G modem RF system, which it claims is the world’s first 10 gigabit 5G and the first 3GPP release 16 modem-RF system.

Qualcomm bills the introduction of the X65 as the biggest leap in 5G solutions since the commercialization of its first modem-RF system. The modem will allow devices to support the fastest 5G speeds with fiber-like wireless performance. The company said at 10 gigabits per second it will support the latest 5G specifications to enable new 5G use cases beyond the smartphone into mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial internet of things (IIoT), 5G private networks and fixed wireless access.

The fourth generation 5G modem-RF system is designed for 5G launches globally and brings modem to antenna capabilities across sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave).

Features of the X65 5G modem include a new upgradable architecture allowing for new features to be added to the device, expanding a device’s lifespan and reducing total cost of ownership. The modem includes an mmWave antenna module engineered for extending mobile mmWave coverage and power efficiency. It pairs with the Snapdragon modem-RF system to support higher transmit power as compared to the previous generations as well as support for all global mmWave frequencies including the new n259 band.

Additional features include AI antenna tuning technology that increases accuracy in detecting hand grips by 30% compared to the previous generation. This technology supports enhanced antenna tuning capabilities, which leads to faster data speeds, better coverage and longer battery life, Qualcomm said.

The modem also includes spectrum aggregation across all key 5G bands and combinations including mmWave and sub-6 GHz, using frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD), providing operators with flexibility in the use of fragmented 5G spectrum assets.

The Smart Transmit 2.0 technology allows for an increase in upload data speeds and enhanced coverage for both mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands while meeting RF emissions requirements. Finally, PowerSave 2.0 builds on power-saving technologies defined in 3GPP such as the connected-mode wake-up signal.

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