Qualcomm achieves world’s first 5G standalone mmWave connection

Speeds peak at more than 8Gbps

Standalone MMwave Connection with peak speeds of more than 8Gbps
Standalone MMwave Connection with peak speeds of more than 8Gbps

At this year’s 5G Summit, Qualcomm announced new features for the Snapdragon X70 Modem-RF System that further improves the speed and stability of 5G connections. This is big news because it’s capable of peak download speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Building on its modem-to-antenna solution announced during the last MWC, the company is introducing the new Qualcomm Smart Transmit 3.0. The upgraded system-level feature now supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmit power management that enables real-time averaging of transit power across 2G-5G, mmWave, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

Intelligently managing transmit power increases uplink throughput and coverage to improve speeds and optimization whether over cellular, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi.

In addition to Smart Transmit 3.0, Qualcomm also introduces the world’s first 5G standalone mmWave connection. Speeds peaked at more than 8Gbps.

At its test labs in San Diego, Qualcomm was able to deploy 5G mmWave networks and devices without anchoring on a sub-6 GHz spectrum. The standalone connection gives operators more flexibility in delivering faster speeds with low latency to customers, whether residential or commercial.

“Snapdragon X70 gives operators the ability to deliver extreme 5G capacity, multi-Gigabit data
speeds, and new use cases across devices from smartphones to laptops, fixed wireless access
equipment, industrial machines, and more,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and
general manager, Cellular Modems and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We look
forward to working with industry leaders to advance 5G to power best-in-class connectivity
experiences at the connected intelligent edge and transform industries across consumer,
enterprise and industrial settings.

Additionally, Qualcomm also showcased the Snapdragon X70’s AI-enhanced 5G performance and carrier aggregation across three TDD channels resulting in peak download speeds of up to 6 Gbps.

As for availability, Qualcomm is currently sampling to select customers. Commercial devices are expected to launch later on in the year.

Advancement in robotics

Qualcomm has also announced two new products that are designed to advance robotics through the use of 5G and AI, namely the Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and the Qualcomm RB5 AMR Reference Design.

These robotic solutions are the company’s answer to handling robotic assistance in commercial industries such as AMRs, delivery robots, manufacturing robots, collaborative robots, UAM aircrafts, industrial drone infrastructure, autonomous defense solutions, and more.

Qualcomm’s new robotics technologies are designed to help enhance autonomy for delivery robots and improve next-generation intelligence to aid in autonomous urban air mobility transportation.

For example, the Qualcomm Robotics RB6 platform with its robotics solution promises to deliver expanded capabilities with respect to robotics innovation at the enterprise and industrial levels. The platform consists of hardware and software development tools that are comprehensive, easily customizable, and quite simple to use.

Some of the robotics companies that Qualcomm is collaborating with include leaders like ADLINK, Akasha Imaging, Cyngn, ForwardX, FutureMind, Hyundai Motor Company, inVia Robotics, LG Electronics, Samsung, and more.

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