Qualcomm's new LTE modem will make gigabit download speeds easier to hit

Qualcomm unveiled the X20 LTE chipset, which can transfer data at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. In theory, operators could offer gigabit LTE speeds using just 10MHz of licensed spectrum, a feature enabled by the modem's 5x carrier aggregation. And chances are, no one's actually going to see 1 Gbps downloads in daily use. On Tuesday they both announced modems that will push LTE connections to speeds well over those of regular home internet connections.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is the first big step towards of 5G. which is closer than you think. However down the line, as 5G begins to roll out, Gigabit LTE will be increasingly important. But more PCs are getting LTE connectivity, and could use the speed for high-end applications. It also supports dual-LTE on dual-SIM devices. That 150 MHz chunk is now used by the federal government, at military bases and such; however, thanks to prioritizing tiers, it could be used to establish an alternative to a private WiFi network.

However, cellular networks aren't yet created to handle such fast speeds.

Intel boasts that the XMM 7560 also offers envelope tracking among other power optimisation features, helping devices - be it smartphones, tablets or PCs - to extend battery life. It is the second-generation to use this manufacturing process, so it benefits from Qualcomm's experience in this area. The Android Things OS is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and Snapdragon processors are expected to be the world's first commercial System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions to offer integrated 4G LTE support for this OS. This is accomplished through 4×4 multiple-input multiple-output, carrier aggregation, and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation. In addition to the aforementioned advanced connectivity feature sets, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem supports Snapdragon All Mode, including all major cellular technologies (LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, and GSM/EDGE), over 40 cellular frequency bands (including US public safety Band 14 and 600 MHz band support), over 1000 carrier aggregation band combinations, LTE Broadcast, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with support for Ultra HD Voice quality with the EVS codec, and single radio voice call continuity to 3G and 2G. The chip maker has already readied its first 5G modem, and the company now says it has silicon ready for that chip.

  • Carolyn Briggs