MWC Shanghai: Qualcomm to demo 5G New Radio prototype


Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm Technologies is showcasing the latest technologies that drive 5G evolution among telcos and ecosystem players.

The latest product from Qualcomm Technologies is the 5G New Radio (NR) prototype system that operates in the sub-6 GHz spectrum bands and promises to offer multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.

According to Qualcomm, 5G will make the best use of a wide range of spectrum bands, and utilizing spectrum bands below 6 GHz is a critical part of allowing for flexible deployments with ubiquitous network coverage and a wide range of use cases.

Designs implemented on the prototype system are being utilized to drive 3GPP standardization for a new, OFDM-based 5G NR air interface. The prototype system will closely track 3GPP progress to help achieve timely 5G NR trials as well as future 5G NR commercial network launches, the company said.

The new prototype adds to Qualcomm Technologies’ existing 5G mmWave prototype system, operating at 28 GHz delivering mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight environment, utilizing advanced beamforming and beam-steering techniques.

Qualcomm is also showcasing its MDM9x07 chipset family comprised of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE (9×07) modem and MDM9207-1 modem for the Internet of Things (IoT).

With its MDM9x07 chipset family, Qualcomm is helping to evolve LTE to deliver a unified, scalable IoT platform. It brings advanced capabilities such as ubiquitous coverage, scalability to address the wide range of IoT use cases, managed and predictable quality of service, high reliability, robust end-to-end security, seamless interoperability backed by global standards and coexistence with deployed and planned LTE infrastructure.

Commercial IoT devices based on the Snapdragon X5 (9×07) and MDM9207-1 LTE modems are available today. Module OEMs are expected to launch MDM9206-based Cat M1 capable modules in early 2017. A software upgrade for Cat NB-1 is expected to be available shortly thereafter.

The company has already secured more than 100 design wins across more than 60 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and module OEMs based on its MDM9x07 chipset family, Qualcomm said.

Rajani Baburajan

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