Qualcomm Technologies has previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for the testing and optimisation of 5G technology within the power and form-factor constraints of a smartphone. The company successfully achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices. The Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band.
Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT said that achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and expertise in mobile connectivity. He further added that this milestone and the first reference design for 5G smartphone shows how the company is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences.
The demonstration took place in Qualcomm Technologies’ laboratories in San Diego. In addition to the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset, the demonstration also utilised the SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver integrated circuit (IC), Keysight Technologies’ new 5G protocol R&D toolset and UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform.
The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family is expected to support commercial launches of 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of 2019.