Qualcomm's latest mobile modem promises 'fibre-like internet speeds'

Qualcomm's latest mobile modem promises 'fibre-like internet speeds'

The X24 is the first commercially-announced Category 20 LTE modem and is based on a smaller 7nm manufacturing process so the chip can be more efficient - and draw less power - than previous mobile modems.

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

Qualcomm has revealed some of its plans for MWC 2018, which will include live demonstrations of its 5G technologies and Snapdragon X24 LTE modem. It supports up to 7x carrier aggregation in the downlink as well as 4x4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers for a theoretical total of up to 20 concurrent LTE streams. It supports Full Dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO), a Massive MIMO technology that is foundational to 5G NR networks.

"Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem", said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

In the uplink, the X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3x20MHz CA and up to 256 QAM encoding.




Mobile operators can gain flexibility in using their spectrum to offer better Internet speeds to consumers, while also improving their network capacity and maximizing spectral efficiency.

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. The end result? Higher peak speeds, even on a congested network, which means less time your smartphone has to spend using all that power to sustain an active connection. Following Telstra's world first Gigabit-enabled network launch in January 2017, we are delighted to again be partnering with Ericsson and Qualcomm to double these speeds.

Moreover, Qualcomm also detailed the use of the 5G technology in areas like mobile broadband to smartphones, Always Connected PCs, head-mounted displays for virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality. Putting aside the non-speed-related aspects of 5G, the importance of the new technology is that it will be able to ramp up far higher than 4G ever would, not that it would start that way.

As tech giants continue to come up with new devices equipped with new features, the smartphone landscape also continues to change. That's because "5G starts us off at 5 times faster than the best 4G networks available today", said Sherif Hanna, Qualcomm's director of product marketing for 4G and 5G products.

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