After last week’s report from Qualcomm which stated that nearly 50 phone manufacturers are working for commercialising 5G Mobile Devices by 2019.
An (on 14th February) step was taken by Qualcomm by the unveiling of Snapdragon x24, the first 7nm chipset that supports up to 2giga bit per second (Gbps) LTE speeds.
The speeds claimed by the manufacturer are twice as it’s predecessor, the Snapdragon x20, which is sitting (embedded) on Snapdragon 845.
The Snapdragon X24 supports up to 7x carrier aggregation in the downlink, as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers – both mobile industry firsts – for a total of up to 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams.
As it’s a category 20 LTE modem Upload speeds go up to 3×20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM.
It is built on the 7-nanometer FinFET process, which will bring even more impressive power efficiency and smaller footprint.
Qualcomm has also demoed the x50 chipset, which makes the x24 look slower.
The x50 will offer speeds up to 5Gbps, initially working on the 28 GHz band (mmWave) and spanning 800 MHz of bandwidth (split into eight 100 MHz links via MIMO).
Multiple phone makers already got behind 5G connectivity, but Qualcomm also sees these chipsets as a replacement for fibre to the home.