Thinner and faster, if your technology has this two characteristic then whole market is your. Silicon chips and Telecom industry also runs on this same principal, if you want to win bring something way faster. Following this concept on Monday morning, Qualcomm announced its first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz RF modules for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Qualcomm has announced two antenna modules. The first one is new QTM052 millimeter wave and the second one is QPM56xx sub-6GHz radio frequency antenna module. This two antenna modules will be used in tandem to deliver 5G speeds in a variety of settings.
The QPM56xx supports traditional sub-6GHz frequency bands, while the QTM052 supports three mmWave bands of 25GHz. The new QTM052 mmWave is specially designed and made for smartphones. Qualcomm claims these chips are the world’s first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz RF modules for smartphones.
You can look at the above photos ,the QTM052 is pretty tiny. Qualcomm has made it small enough that device manufacturers will be able to embed it into the bezel of a phone. It is smaller than a penny. But don’t underestimate it’s size, this tiny chip is packed with RFFE components, a transceiver, a power management IC and an antenna array. It features four antennas that can accurately point toward the nearest 5G tower.
The second antenna module, called the QPM56xx is a sub-6 GHz RF module. QPM56xx works on lower 3.3-4.2 GHz, 3.3-3.8GHz, or 4.4-5.0 GHz bands. This sub-6 antenna will provide more consistent 5G coverage in fixed locations.
Both the QTM052 and QPM56xx will be used with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem that was released in 2016 to handle 5G radio signals. The two antenna modules will be used in tandem to deliver 5G speeds in a variety of settings. It is expected that the Qualcomm QTM052 mmWave antenna modules will be available with new hotspot hardware later this year, and will become a common spec in smartphones being launched in 2019.
If we talk about recent new hardware, they can reach at a downloading speed as high as 5Gbps for the millimeter wave variant. That is significantly faster as compare to usually range, which is around 70Mbps of network speeds.
But entry of 5G –this next generation of cellular technology is going to change whole picture. It is expected that 5G will significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It will be faster then any physical fiber-optic cable. With 5G you can download a full TV season with in just few seconds.
The promise of 5G is that it can use higher-frequency bands, called millimeter wave, to send data faster than ever before. Those signals operate on frequencies of 24GHz or higher, compared with the 600MHz to 5.8GHz used for 4G today. Qualcomm said that it will be much faster than today’s 4G, which is about 70Mbps, and even faster than the sub-6GHz’s expected speeds of 400Mbps to 500Mbps.
For device manufacturers, that means integrating 5G components into their new handsets is now a priority, and that in turn requires 5G components to be available. Several of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Sony, HTC, Samsung, and LG, have already confirmed that they will work with Qualcomm.
This all big companies are planing to create a mobile devices that are compatible with 5G in the coming months. These devices should be released during the first half of the year with many likely making their debut at Mobile World Congress next February.
With the release of world’s first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz RF modules Qualcomm once again show it’s dominance in silicon chip industry. With the ability to offer modem-to-antenna 5G solutions will give Qualcomm a unique sales pitch. When it comes to 5G miniaturization Qualcomm seems to have a lead on modem rival Intel. Whereas there are other companies like Huawei which also announced that they will launch a 5G phone in late 2019.
In addition, Qualcomm says that for now, it’s not seeing a lot of competition in the mmWave 5G RF space. The company suggests there’s more competition from traditional RF players in the sub-6GHz space, but adds its end-to-end approach also acts as a selling point.
At the end it doesn’t matter for us who will lead the 5G industry, the friction of competition will definitely results in the form of improvement and benefits to users. I bet you when first 5G smartphone will get launch, other companies will also try to offer there best and race of innovation and improvements will go on. And might be after some year you will find yourself reading an article on 6G.
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