Qualcomm Snapdragon X65: Qualcomm’s new 5G modem supports mmWave and promises up to 10Gbps speed
Qualcomm just announced its new 5G modem, the Snapdragon X65. It is, according to Qualcomm, the first 5G modem able to offer up to 10 Gbps speed. The chip is already being shipped to the company’s customers and the first commercial devices are expected to hit the market in late 2021. Along with this modem, Qualcomm has announced a second chip, the Snapdragon X62 5G, optimized for “adoption Widespread Mobile Broadband Applications “.
The Snapdragon X65 has been designed a upgradeable architecture designed to speed up the deployment of the new Release 16 de 3GPP. The chip has a four nanometer baseband and uses different proprietary technologies focused on signal enhancement and energy savings. It supports networks Sub-6 GHz y mmWave, so much NSA como SA, so in principle compatibility should not be a problem.
10 Gbps peak speed
According to Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, this chip “will play a critical role by enabling new 5G use cases not only to redefine premium smartphone experiences, but also to open up a new world of 5G expansion possibilities via mobile broadband, computing, mixed reality, industrial IoT, private 5G networks and fixed wireless access. “
Among the main novelties of the modem are the upgradeable architecture, so that you can improve, customize and expand the capabilities of the modem as appropriate in which it is to be applied. It can be upgraded with new functions and thus increase the useful life of the devices, something particularly useful for industrial sectors and for fixed wireless access.
Also, the chip has a mMWave QTM545 antenna module It supports higher transmit power and all global mmWave frequencies, including the new 41GHz n259 band, while maintaining the size of the previous generation. According to the company, its modem is capable of offering up to 10 Gbps peak speed in both modes, NSA and SA, although we will have to wait to see what the figures are in real environments.
Qualcomm has implemented a series of technologies designed to improve modem performance. One of them is an artificial intelligence that improves grip detection precision by 30%. Basically, it allows the mobile to adjust the antennas according to how we hold it to improve the reception of the signal and the speed received. Another is PowerSave 2.0, which is based on the battery saving technologies defined in Release 16 of 3GPPP and serves to optimize battery consumption.
Finally, something interesting is the aggregation across all key 5G bands and combinations, including mmWave and Sub-6GHz, FDD and TDD and DSS, allowing operators to offer higher speed thanks to higher bandwidth. As we said before, both the Snapdragon X65 and the X62 are already being sent to OEMs, but we will have to be patient and wait until the end of the year to see it in operation.
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