Qualcomm announces X24 (2 Gbps) and X50 (5 Gbps) modems

Last week a report from Qualcomm stated that nearly 50 phone manufacturers and carriers are working with the San Diego towards commercializing 5G mobile devices by 2019. Today a step towards this direction was made with the unveiling of Snapdragon X24 – the first 7 nm process chipset that can support up to 2 Gbps LTE speeds. The promised speeds are nearly twice as high as the predecessor, the Snapdragon X20, embedded into the Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm confirms that the first phones with the new modem will arrive in H1 2019. The X24 supports “up to 7x carrier aggregation on…

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds

Even as the race toward real-world 5G picks up steam, LTE technology as it exists will remain crucial for most of us in the next few years. Qualcomm's latest gigabit LTE modem, the X24, can reach speeds of 2 Gbps (where supported by carriers) — a si…
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Nokia unveils new ReefShark 5G chipset, promises up to 84 Gbps per cell

Nokia has partnered with 30 carriers to build out the next-gen mobile network with its latest ReefShark chipset. To be clear, this is part of the carrier architecture, not what goes in the phone. But it’s quite something and should deliver a much-improved experience to us all at a lower cost to the carriers. The major advancements are a 3x increase of the throughput of each cell. And this is achieved with MIMO antennas that are half the size and 64% more power efficient than the current hardware. The new ReeffShark chipset is delivered as a plug-in unit that attaches to current…

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The 10 nm Kirin 970 appears before its official launch with 1.2 Gbps LTE

Huawei has prepared us for a chip announcement at IFA, and now we know what that sassy tweet was about. The company will introduce its in-house chipset Kirin 970, developed by HiSilicon and built by the 10 nm process by TSMC. Although Huawei is about to reveal the Kirin 970 on September 2, all the info was already leaked by Roland Quandt on Twitter. The chipset will have 5.5 billion transistors, 8 CPU cores with a maximum frequency of 2.4 GHz, and 12 GPU cores. Huawei also implemented an innovative HiAI mobile computing architecture for better AI performance. The LTE modem…

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Samsung delivers new LTE modem with a maximum speed of 1.2 Gbps

Back in March Samsung introduced its new chipset the Exynos 8895. It was an answer to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 that was the first to support 1 Gbps speeds. Now Samsung improved the modem of the 8895, and it comes with Cat.18 6CA (Carrier aggregation) technology for up to 1.2 Gbps downlink speeds. The Korean manufacturer said it worked closely with Anritsu, a Japanese telecommunication measuring instrument provider, to achieve the impressive results. This is 20% improvement in download speeds that in theory would allow you to download an HD movie in 10 seconds. Carrier…

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