Qualcomm has announced a new generation of 5G modems – the Snapdragon X65 chip. It will replace the Snapdragon X60, which is part of the Snapdragon 888 chipset. The company promises that the new modem will be significantly faster and will provide data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps in autonomous (SA) and non-autonomous (NSA) 5G networks.
Compared to the X60 modem, the speed will increase from 7.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. This is an imposing figure. However, so far, almost no 5G network can provide such a bandwidth. But this is a good start for the future when the possibilities of networks grow. Another major innovation is support for the 3GPP Release 16 specification (Qualcomm claims this is the first modem to support it). This is the so-called “Phase 2 5G” designed to improve Massive MIMO connectivity, improve power consumption, and much more.
Qualcomm notes that the architecture of the X65 modem is subject to updates, allowing new features and capabilities to be added over time. This will help devices stay relevant for longer.
Along with the Snapdragon X65 modem, the 545 mmWave antenna module was also introduced. This is the fourth generation of mmWave antennas. The new product retains the exact dimensions as the third generation, provides higher transmission power, and supports the full range of global mmWave frequencies.
Also, Qualcomm has unveiled “AI Antenna Tuning Technology” that should dramatically improve performance through artificial intelligence. Specifically, the company says the new system is 30% more accurate in how you hold your phone in your hand, allowing it to offer a better connection option, which translates into faster data transfer speeds and longer battery life by improving connection efficiency.
The Snapdragon X65 modem is expected to hit the market at the end of 2021.
Source: The verge