An article written by James Morra for ElectronicDesign – Qualcomm, the largest supplier of smartphone chips, introduced its second-generation modem for tapping into 5G networks, which are projected to have speeds 10 to 100 times faster than current LTE networks. The company said the modem is designed to be faster, smaller, more power efficient and able to handle a broad range of frequency bands. The announcement came on Tuesday ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Snapdragon X55 is manufactured on the 7-nanometer node, while the first generation of the modem, the X50, is based on 10-nanometer technology. Qualcomm’s X55 modem stands out for integrating all the technology for tapping into 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks on the same flake of silicon. Even though customers are building the X50 modem into smartphones due out before the end of the year, the first-generation chip can only handle 5G… Full article
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