Momentum is gathering behind next generation wireless technologies, with the news that Qualcomm is to introduce its first 5G modem. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 is capable of delivering impressively-quick downloads, with speeds of up to 5 Gbps.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 operates on the 28 GHz millimetre wave band, known as mmWave.
In order to enable mmWave to be used with mobile devices, Qualcomm has employed both beamforming and beam tracking technologies, alongside an innovate antenna set-up. Instead of integrating a few individual antennas, as is the case with standard LTE modems, Qualcomm’s new offering utilises antenna arrays which are comprised of multiple elements.
The design of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, combining multi-element antenna arrays with beamforming and beam tracking, means that the modem is able to rely on mmWave in situations where there is no direct line-of site. This is achieved by bouncing transmissions off objects; playing a critical role in allowing mmWave to be used with mobile devices.