Qualcomm Introduces First 10 Gigabit 5G Modem

Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon X65, the world’s first 5G modem with 10 gigabit support....
Qualcomm Introduces First 10 Gigabit 5G Modem
Written by Matt Milano
  • Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon X65, the world’s first 5G modem with 10 gigabit support.

    Qualcomm is the world’s leading cellular modem manufacturer, and the company claims its latest generation of 5G modems is the biggest leap yet. Most notably, the Snapdragon X65 offers full 10 gigabit performance.

    To be clear, 10 gigabit speeds are not currently available from any kind of 5G. However, the fastest flavor of 5G, high-band mmWave, is designed to offer speeds measured in gigabits. Even the slower, but farther-reaching mid-band 5G, has already been proven to be able to deliver speeds in excess of one gigabit. As a result, a 10 gigabit modem ensures there is no bottleneck and allows the phone to benefit from the full range of speeds offered.

    Another major benefit of the Snapdragon X65 is its spectrum aggregation, enabling it to use a combination of all available 5G spectrum bands to provide the best combination of speed and range.

    “The 5G transition presents the biggest opportunity for Qualcomm as mobile technology is poised to benefit virtually every industry,” said Cristiano Amon, president and CEO-elect, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are reaching a significant milestone with the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, unleashing connectivity up to 10 Gigabits per second and support for the latest 5G specifications that will play a critical role in enabling new 5G use cases not only for redefined premium smartphone experiences, but also opening a new realm of possibilities for 5G expansion across mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial IoT, 5G private networks and fixed wireless access.”

    “Snapdragon X65 brings together all the key 5G breakthroughs expected from the world’s leading wireless innovator,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our fourth-generation 5G modem-RF system is designed for 5G launches globally and brings major innovations from modem to antenna along with extensive spectrum aggregation capabilities across sub-6 GHz and mmWave. This will fuel the rapid expansion of 5G while enhancing coverage, power efficiency and performance for users. And with extended range, high-power capabilities, Snapdragon X65 and X62 are also at the heart of the expansion of 5G into fixed wireless access and cloud-connected computing opportunities.”

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