Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon X24, the worldâs first 2 Gbps LTE modem
Qualcomm, the leading chipmaker for mobile devices, has announced a new breakthrough in wireless technology: the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, which can deliver download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps). The company claims that this is the worldâs first Category 20 LTE modem, and also the first chip to be built on a 7 nanometer FinFET process.
The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and support the transition to 5G networks. It features advanced technologies such as 7x carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers, and Full Dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO), which are essential for achieving gigabit speeds and low latency. The modem also supports License Assisted Access (LAA), which allows devices to use unlicensed spectrum in addition to licensed spectrum.
âAs the worldâs first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2 Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019,â said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH.
The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem will be demonstrated live at Mobile World Congress Barcelona later this month, in collaboration with Ericsson, Telstra and NETGEAR. Qualcomm expects the first commercial devices featuring the modem to be available by the end of 2018.
The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is not only faster than its predecessor, the Snapdragon X20, but also more efficient. It is the first modem to be fabricated on a 7nm process, which allows for higher performance and lower power consumption. The X24 also supports adaptive antenna tuning and envelope tracking, which help to optimize signal quality and battery life.
Another advantage of the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is its compatibility with 5G networks. The modem can seamlessly switch between 4G and 5G bands, enabling a smooth transition to the next generation of wireless technology. The X24 also supports dual connectivity, which means it can simultaneously connect to two different networks for increased reliability and speed.
The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is expected to be available in commercial devices by the end of 2018. Some of the potential candidates include flagship smartphones, laptops, tablets and mobile hotspots. The modem will enable users to enjoy faster downloads, smoother streaming, better gaming and more immersive experiences on their devices.