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Qualcomm reveals world's first 5G chip alongside Gigabit LTE network and router

By midian182 · 7 replies
Oct 18, 2016
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  1. Qualcomm announced its vision for high-speed mobile devices and networks at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong yesterday. In addition to unveiling the world’s first 5G wireless chip, the company revealed that it would be rolling out the first commercial gigabit class LTE device and network.

    Qualcomm is partnering with Netgear, Ericsson, and Australian carrier Telstra to develop the Netgear Mobile Router MR1100. A mobile hotspot that is the first mobile device to support gigabit LTE. It can reach up to 1Gbps download speeds thanks to a combination of Qualcomm’s Gigabit-class Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, MIMO technology, 3X carrier aggregation, and Higher Order Modulation 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).

    The router will be launched in Australia on the world’s first Gigabit LTE network from Telstra, which should be up and running “in the coming months.” The X16 modem found inside the Netgear’s router will be integrated into the next generation Snapdragon SoC, which is set to appear in high-end smartphones next year. This should mean that phones will be able reach blistering speeds as carriers upgrade to Gigabit networks.

    Qualcomm’s 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, isn’t set to arrive in products such as smartphones and other commercial products until the first half of 2018. The company wants to use the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to test the 5G technology, which can reach speeds up to 400 times faster than current average 4G downloads.

    The X50 works in the 28GHz millimeter wave band, with 800MHz bandwidth support via 8x100 MHz carrier aggregation. As these higher wavelengths struggle over long distances and when traveling through walls, Qualcomm uses arrays of 16, 24, or 32 antennas along with beamforming and beam tracking technologies to solve these issues.

    When paired with the Gigabit speed Snapdragon X16 modem, the X50 will be able to seamlessly transition between 5G and Gigabit LTE. During the first live 5G trial in Australia last month, Telstra and Ericsson achieved downloads speeds of between 18Gbs and 22Gbs.

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  2. andrewdoyle88

    andrewdoyle88 TS Booster Posts: 93   +69

    5G? What's next, 6G?!
    Radical likes this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,780   +1,528

    Interesting .... we continue to seek out faster and faster connections. It was once stated that the human brain operates at the equivalent of 35 mph and everything faster than that requires a sort of trade off. IF that were true, I wonder what the top speed of efficiency is for data and what is the advantage of more speed? Having piles of data stacked up waiting for us to digest would seem to be fruitless or at best, a simple waste of time. And what will happen when we are at, say 20G or more? In fact, a simpler question would be what is the upper limit?
  4. sepirocth

    sepirocth TS Rookie

    This is great news

    imagine a future with no isp cables in your neighborhood, if a storm hits everybody can remain connected, no more trucks taking down your line, no more fiber cuts which is a pain for most businesses, since almost everywhere you are there is always at least two antennas so you have redundancy in case one of them goes down.
    This is a great new technology that will help make life easier for us, this may also be used for media streaming once they increase the monthly data cap.

    And the second greatest thing about this is, it will reach millions of people with poor speed or no isp available. There countless stories about people saying they can only get like 3 mbps dsl connection, or some people complain they can only use satellite, those people will greatly benefit from this
  5. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    Doesn't even matter if carriers still limit you to less than 100gb of data a month.
  6. Moneyd623

    Moneyd623 TS Member Posts: 19

    Depends on the bandwidth and the signal to noise ratio.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829


    There is something called the 2 second rule, that's the attention span of the average internet browsing user. Remember when you actually went to page 2 of a search engine? Or that moment when you got all the way down to the next page option? Sure, for more obscure -specific- topics it's easy to reach that, but more often than not if it's not on the top 5 results you try again by rephrasing the search. More speed to the average user means that their page will load faster and that's it.
  8. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    Its a shame that the Australian NBN has been crippled by the LNP, otherwise the higher speed would be useful :/

    Wireless will only be fast if there is a ultra fast backbone to support it and there are antenna sitting on top of every home/building. We have way too much congestion on our wireless networks because there are no enough towers to support the number of users, someone should solve the problem of connecting more people to each antenna. During peak times there are constant drop outs in a crowded city area. Go to the suburbs and it can be better especially during work hours.

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