Qualcomm Introduced Third-Generation 5G Modem-RF System
Qualcomm unveiled its third-generation 5G modem which will offer device performance benefits as operators move to standalone networks. Snapdragon X60 features the world’s first 5nm baseband, improved performance on mmWave frequencies and allows better use of fragmented spectrum assets compared with previous generations.
This 5G modem-to-antenna solution is designed to enhance the performance and capacity for operators worldwide while increasing average 5G speeds in mobile devices. Snapdragon X60 is engineered to accelerate network transition to 5G standalone mode through support for any key spectrum band, mode or combination, along with 5G Voice-over-NR (VoNR) capabilities. It also features the new QTM535 mmWave antenna module.
“Qualcomm is at the heart of 5G launches globally with mobile operators and OEMs introducing 5G services and mobile devices at record pace. As 5G standalone networks are introduced in 2020, our third-generation 5G modem-RF platform brings extensive spectrum aggregation capabilities and options to fuel the rapid expansion of 5G rollouts while enhancing coverage, power efficiency and performance for mobile devices,” said Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon.
Snapdragon X60 allows for fiber-like internet speeds and low latency, delivered wirelessly over 5G. Qualcomm will ship samples of Snapdragon X60 and QTM535 during the first quarter. Commercial premium smartphones using the new Modem-RF System are expected in early 2021.