Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon X24, World's First 2Gbps LTE Modem

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon X24, World's First 2Gbps LTE Modem

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon X24, World's First 2Gbps LTE Modem

The X24, can reach speeds of 2 Gbps, a significant jump from the 1.2 Gbps promised by its predecessor, the X20. The latter allows seven chunks of spectrum to be used in parallel to allow the aforementioned throughput awesomeness. This extra data throughput could enable new more demanding experiences like VR and AR, and transfer information at a much higher rate.

Qualcomm's mobile modems still lead the pack but the huge chipmaker is facing ever-increasing competition from other players such as Intel; both make modems for the iPhone X and Qualcomm lodged a legal complaint about Apple infringing its patents - the latest in a series of legal disputes between the two companies. The chipset sports improvements across the board, ranging from new processing technology to an ... It is also the world's first 7nm process chip - making room for battery-efficient results.

Throw in other capabilities - spatial multiplexing, coordinated multipoint support - along with mundane components like power amplifiers and filters, and Qualcomm's betting the capabilities demand modem-radio integration.

The new X24 LTE modem is created to provide users with fast speeds and valuable coverage as 5G networks start launching in 2019. Qualcomm wireless edge services software is expected to be exposed through new APIs and available on select Qualcomm Technologies' chipsets - initially the MDM9206, MDM9628 and QCA4020 - and later on, select Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms.

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The company is set to begin 5G trials shortly with a number of wireless network operators that will test its Snapdragon X50 modem, reported to achieve download speeds of more than 4 Gbps.

As we saw with Snapdragon 835 laptops, energy efficiency is a huge reason someone might want to use these chipsets. This is possible due to the chips ability to handle 7x CA (carrier aggregation) downlink and improved unlicensed spectrum support. This way it shouldn't matter what IoT backend you use - you'll more than likely have support right out of the gate. Qualcomm has also confirmed that it is going to demonstrate the new modem at the MWC 2018 event. 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. 4G is already able to exceed the speeds most people will ever need on mobile devices, and things like capacity, low-latency, massive IoT, etc are more useful innovations. No additional micro-controller is necessary.

Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager for 4G/5G and Industrial IoT at Qualcomm Wireless GmbH, was cited as saying by IoT Business News that the new SDK, combined with modules based on its MDM9206 chipset, is created to help original equipment manufacturers and developers build a wide range of IoT applications.

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