The next generation of 5G connectivity is here. This week Qualcomm introduced its new Snapdragon X75 chipset; which, according to its own statements, is the world’s first smartphone modem that supports the 5G-Advanced standard.
Don’t blame yourself if you’ve never heard of 5G Advanced as it’s a brand new technology that won’t even exist yet until 2024 (opens in new tab). All you really need to know now is that new standard aims to improve (opens in new tab) the latency, coverage, mobility and power efficiency of 5G, resulting in better overall mobile performance. The goal of this chip, according to the announcement, is to provide fast connectivity to “rural, suburban and dense urban communities” alike. From the looks of it, Qualcomm is equipping the new chipset with everything it needs to achieve the high performance it claims to be.
speed and reliability
It features the “world’s first 10-carrier aggregation” for Frequencies on the mmWave (opens in new tab) signal spectrum. Without going too deep into the super specifics, carrier aggregation technology combines separate spectrums (10 in this case) into one for higher speeds. The Snapdragon X75 can also perform five-carrier aggregation for signals found on sub-6GHz bands. Thanks to its FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) capability, the chipset can simultaneously transmit and receive signals on these low frequencies.
Apart from the speed, the company paid attention to the reliability and longevity of the batteries. The Snapdragon X75 comes with the Qualcomm Advanced Modem-RF Software Suite to help your phone find signals in enclosed environments like elevators or subways.
Debuting in the chipset is Smart Transmit Gen 4 “to enable fast, reliable and long-range uploads”. Included in the fourth generation package is support for Snapdragon satellite This means that devices in remote, rural areas can continue to be connected.
Qualcomm combines its new 5G PowerSave Gen 4 with its RF Power Efficiency Suite to extend a smartphone’s battery life, although the announcement doesn’t explain exactly how this will be achieved. In addition, the company combines its mmWave and sub-6GHz transceiver with fifth generation QTM565 antenna modules to reduce “board complexity”. [and] Power consumption.”
Everything you see here and more finds its home in the company’s other big reveal: the third-generation Qualcomm Fixed Wireless Access (opens in new tab) (FWA) Platform that adds its own capabilities such as Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7.
Now the big question is when are we going to see any of this? The answer: later this year – maybe.
According to Quaclomm, the Snapdragon X75 is currently available for “sampling” for phone makers. “Commercial devices” with the chipset are expected to launch sometime in the “second half of 2023.” However, considering that 5G Advanced isn’t scheduled to arrive before 2024, that’s a pretty hopeful prediction. In addition, there is a question of whether the phone carriers can fully support the Snapdragon X75 or not. T-Mobile, which has the largest area of 5G coverage in the US, is just getting started Rollout of three-carrier aggregation (opens in new tab) for its 5G network just a few months ago. Cool tech, but it will be a while before we see launch.
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