The US-based Qualcomm is expecting that its device clients will be launching the first 5G products featuring Snapdragon X50 5G NR modems in 2019. The new Snapdragon X50 5G modem is designed to provide a unified 5G design for all major spectrum types and bands while addressing a range of use cases and deployment scenarios.
Ericsson earlier today announced that telecom operators such as AT&T, NTT Docomo, SK Telecom, Vodafone, British Telecom, Telstra, Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, KDDI, Telia Company, Swisscom, TIM, Etisalat, Sprint and Deutsche Telekom are supporting 5G NR trials.
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Snapdragon X50 5G modem is engineered to provide wider bandwidths and extreme speeds for enhanced mobile broadband. The modem solutions are designed to support both Non-Standalone (NSA) operation (where control signaling is sent over LTE), and Standalone (SA) operation (where all control signaling and user data are sent over 5G NR).
“Commercial products integrating 5G NR modems from the Snapdragon X50 family are expected to be available to support the first large-scale 5G NR trials and commercial network launches starting in 2019,” said Qualcomm.
Snapdragon X50 5G modem will support multi-mode 2G/3G/4G/5G functionality in a single chip, providing simultaneous connectivity across both 4G and 5G networks for mobility performance.
Recently, Qualcomm Technologies announced its first 3GPP-based 5G NR Connection using its sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype.
“Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR chipset solutions will enable operators and OEMs to accelerate the worldwide deployment of 5G NR, delivering multi-gigabit-per-second data rates at a significantly lower latency and a unified connectivity fabric,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies.