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Qualcomm shows range of embedded 5G customers

By Nick Flaherty

Qualcomm Technologies has highlighted the embedded customers for its 5G NR modem.

The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family has been selected by a number of global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for standard-compliant 5G NR products in for the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands starting in 2019. 

These include Fujitsu Connected Technologies, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, Sierra Wireless and Telit alongside a range of mobile phone handset designers.

“Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile at Qualcomm Technologies. “As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is using our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem.”

The arrival of 5G will expand wireless connections into new spectrum bands and all spectrum types, allowing for enhanced mobile broadband and increasing the overall average download speeds for embedded and IoT applications. This will allow for multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency than today’s network, amongst other capabilities. The Always Connected PC with significantly lower latency will allow for an instant link to the cloud for applications requiring real-time interactivity, such as interactive gaming, real-time audio translation, real-time text translation and real-time collaborative editing.

“eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband) is likely to be one of the early use cases for 5G and is a natural evolution of NetComm Wireless’ Fixed Wireless strategy, leveraging our expertise in high data rate broadband services,” said Steve Collins, chief technical officer, NetComm Wireless. “The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem platform will enable NetComm Wireless to support early market adopters seeking to implement a 5G Fixed Wireless solution, an attractive solution for Telecommunications Operators looking to replace or augment traditional “fixed line” technologies such as copper or coaxial. Telecommunications Operators looking to move early on 5G are already consulting with NetComm Wireless on how to utilize their spectrum assets and infrastructure upgrades to put in place their 5G Fixed Wireless eMBB strategy.”

“5G brings impressive new capabilities, 10 times more radio spectrum and, for the first time, the new wireless generation offers true co-existence with the previous one – 4G LTE, LTE-M and NB-IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, chief technology officer at Sierra Wireless. “With this added capacity and seamless migration path, there has never been a better time for our networking, PC OEM, automotive and IoT customers alike to deploy new applications. Sierra Wireless’ contribution to defining the 5G standards, our long-standing relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and our 24-year history of wireless leadership ensures our customers can continue to innovate.”

“As we approach the start of 5G global rollout, the importance of timeliness, quality, richness, flexibility and reliability of the base technology we select for our IoT modules grows exponentially,” said Yossi Moscovitz, president products and solutions, Telit. “Telit has trusted Qualcomm Technologies for many of its market shaping products for more than a decade. Now, as Telit announces the world’s first 1Gbps LTE product – developed on Qualcomm Technologies platform, we are delighted to continue leveraging this solid relationship, leading the IoT market into the much anticipated 5G era.”

Other users include smartphone makers Sony MObile, HMD/Nokia, HTC, OPPO and Xaomi. The first commercial launches of 5G mobile devices featuring the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family are expected to launch starting in 2019. 

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