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Snapdragon X60 Modem Chip Offers Support to More 5G Features

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On Tuesday, Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF System, a modem chip designed to connect smartphones to different frequencies of 5G networks. The X60 modem chip is expected to make numerous 5G features more accessible to mobile phone users.

The 3rd generation 5G modem design is Qualcomm’s premium offering not just for smartphones but for other commercial and industrial devices that require a discrete 5G modem.

To date, Qualcomm remains the largest supplier of mobile chips worldwide. Among its key customers are Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, and other big names in the mobile phone and electronics industry.

The Snapdragon X60 modem chip will enable electronics manufacturers to develop devices that could aggregate the signals sent over different frequencies in the existing variants of 5G networks today. It will support carrier aggregation between Sub-6 GHz bands in FDD/TDD and simultaneous carrier aggregation between Sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G bands.

Snapdragon X60 Modem Chip to Raise 5G Performance for Networks

The latest Snapdragon chip would have up to 7.5 Gbps of 5G data download speed and upload information that’s as fast as 3 Gbps. It’s predecessor, the X55 modem chip, has 7Gbps and 3 Gbps download and upload speeds, respectively.

The Snapdragon X60 is way smaller than the X55 at only 5nm. It also comes with an antenna that smartphone companies must buy together with the chip.

In a statement, Qualcomm’s head of 5G business, Durga Malladi, said:

“The Snapdragon X60 … allows more operators to offer fiber-like internet speeds and low latency using 5G, unlocking the next generation of connected experiences for more people. Consumers will be able to enjoy applications like highly responsive multiplayer gaming, immersive 360-degree video, and always-connected cloud computing — all with superior power efficiency for all-day battery life.”

Qualcomm originally reserved the launch of its Snapdragon X60 modem chip for the Mobile World Congress this year. Unfortunately, the biggest smartphone trade show annually held in Barcelona, Spain, was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

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