Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X24 LTE modem and Wireless Edge Services for new devices

In Qualcomm's modem product portfolio, the X24 sits somewhere between the X50, which is theoretically capable of 5Gbps downlink, and the current-gen X16 in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, Essential Phone, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which maxes out at 1-1.2Gbps. However, there are several features that distinguish the latest development from all the existing mobile modems, including the Snapdragon X20 that will come into reality with the launch of the Snapdragon 845 SoC very soon. The modem also supports 4×4 MIMO on five carriers which can also achieve a theoretical maximum of 20 concurrent LTE streams.

Qualcomm, the world's largest mobile chipmaker, unveiled a new ingredient for future phones that will help devices zip through photo uploads and video streaming at up to double the speed of today's LTE capabilities - without needing a certified 5G phone. The highest carrier aggregation now supported in Canada is 4x carrier aggregation, though through the use of unlicensed spectrum carriers could take full advantage of the modem's capabilities.

Sampling to customers has already begun with the first commercial devices expected by the end of 2018.

Even Qualcomm is quick to admit that early 5G networks will likely have their share issues, just as the first LTE and 3G networks did.

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem pairs with an advanced RF transceiver built in 14nm FinFET process technology, and Qualcomm's QET5100 Envelope Tracker, making it the first modem to support 60 MHz envelope tracking for up to 3x uplink carrier aggregation channels with simultaneous High Power User Equipment (HPUE) support in Band 41. It is the Company's eighth generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution, featuring the most advanced cellular features of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date, and strengthening the LTE foundation for future 5G NR multimode devices and networks.


Qualcomm also announced two new software offerings - an SDK for its IoT LTE modem (MDM9206) and a set of "wireless edge" services for enterprise and industrial use.

Today, Qualcomm announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones, the Snapdragon X24 which will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds. This unprecedented feature set is created to allow devices that feature the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem to utilize all spectrum assets available from a mobile operator, whether in licensed spectrum, or with License Assisted Access (LAA).

The first phones to tap into ludicrous 5G speeds won't land until 2019, but you won't need to wait that long to start taking advantage of supercharged 4G LTE.

Additional system capacity improvements have also been made possible through the support of Full Dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO). In the uplink, the Snapdragon X24 LTE supports Category 20 upload speeds with 3×20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM.

Mobile operators can gain flexibility in using their spectrum to offer better Internet speeds to consumers, while also improving their network capacity and maximizing spectral efficiency.

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