SAN DIEGO New: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the completion of 5G data calls that successfully combine millimeter wave (mmWave) with sub-6GHz FDD or TDD spectrum by leveraging 5G Standalone (SA) mode Dual Connectivity. Using the 4th generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon ™ X65 5G Modem-RF system and Qualcomm® QTM545mmWave antenna module in a smartphone form factor device, Qualcomm Technologies engineers first collected 5G sub-6GHz FDD with 28GHz mmWave spectrum and then 5G -6GHz TDD with 39GHz mmWave spectrum, showing that Snapdragon X65 is able to merge low / mid and high bands across major global combinations.
Why It’s Important: Spectrum aggregation, including dual connectivity using mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequencies, is critical to delivering the multi-gigabit speeds and massive capacity needed for a new generation of consumer and business applications . By combining different types of radio spectrum, 5G mobile devices can wirelessly achieve wired broadband-class speeds even in challenging conditions such as busy locations and transit hubs, in addition to powering robust 5G fixed wireless access services in homes and small businesses.
“As the world’s leading wireless innovator, Qualcomm Technologies has continuously pioneered 5G solutions that can scale both performance and global reach,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G / 5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “These milestones combine the massive bandwidth of mmWave with the coverage of sub-6 GHz FDD or TDD bands, enabling consumers and businesses around the world to get the most out of 5G networks and devices, especially in traditionally busy, bandwidth -hungry spaces. “
Qualcomm Technologies has achieved the mmWave / sub-6 GHz carrier aggregation milestones in data calls on March 17, 2021. Smartphone form factor devices equipped with the Snapdragon X65 have successfully established data connections using Keysight Technologies’ 5G Network Emulation Solutions, enabling the global Compatibility is demonstrated and interoperability of Qualcomm Technologies solutions with standalone 5G networks already deployed around the world.
Qualcomm Technologies is a world leader in the development and commercialization of 5G millimeter waves and is already sampling its 4th generation mmWave chipset for smartphones. The company’s latest 5G modem RF system, Snapdragon X65, is the world’s first to offer peak speeds of up to 10 Gbps – one hundred times that of the 1st generation 4G modems.
According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, there are more than 100 commercial and pre-commercial 5G mmWave devices, ranging from phones and PCs to mobile hotspots, modules and consumer equipment (CPEs). Virtually all of these devices are powered by the Snapdragon 5G Modem RF systems.
The Snapdragon X65 and Qualcomm QTM545mmWave antenna module are currently taking customer sampling, with commercial devices expected to launch later in 2021.