Announced Qualcomm announced the latest Snapdragon X65 5G modem, the successor to last year’s Snapdragon X60, which is just beginning to arrive in devices as part of the Snapdragon 888 chipset.
Alongside the X65 5G, the company announced a wide range of 5G products to help manufacturers deliver significantly faster data speeds and enable new use cases across their next-generation devices.
The product list includes the Snapdragon X62 5G modem, the new mmWave module, a host of new front-end RF solutions, and more.
Qualcomm pledges that the new X65 5G modem will provide much higher download speeds, while supporting speeds of up to 10Gbps across both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks, making it the first RF modem system to reach these speeds.
The new maximum download speed of 10Gbps is higher than the 7.5Gbps in last year’s model.
The X65 5G is also the first modem that supports Release 16 From 3GPP 5G NR, the second set of specifications aimed at promoting the expansion and deployment of 5G NR around the world.
The modem also features an upgradeable architecture, allowing the company to add the new features proposed in Release 16 of 3GPP to be rolled out quickly via software updates.
This is called the launch of the second stage of 5G, which is designed to improve things like: massive MIMO connectivity, power consumption and more.
Release 16 of 3GPP also aims to help 5G networks expand from consumer to more commercial uses, thanks to better support for unlicensed spectrum and non-public networks.
Besides the new modem system, Qualcomm is also announcing the Qualcomm 545 mmWave antenna, which is a fourth-generation mmWave antenna.
Qualcomm 545 mmWave maintains the same size as the 3G model, but adds higher transmission power, along with support for the full range of global mmWave frequencies.
Qualcomm is introducing what it calls artificial intelligence antenna tuning technology, which promises to enable huge leaps in performance thanks to AI-powered tuning.
Qualcomm says: The new system is 30 percent more accurate at detecting how you hold the phone in your hand, allowing it to offer improved connectivity, faster data speeds and better battery life through the use of a more efficient connection.
It is likely that some time will pass before the X65 5G reaches any device, as it may not appear until the release of the flagship Snapdragon processor next year, which should be announced in December.
Snapdragon X65 5G is expected to launch in products in late 2021.