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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Qualcomm launches 5G chip platform

By Nick Flaherty

Qualcomm has launched its first commercial 5G chips, the Snapdragon 855 built in a 7nm process.

5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019 with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China, says Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm. The 855, coupled with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family and QTM052 mmWave antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements are helping OEMs address the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with 5G in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands.
“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,” he said. “Together we are demonstrating our role in transforming the mobile industry and enriching consumer experiences with 5G mobile devices on live 5G networks at this year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit.”

Operators AT&T, EE( part of BT in the UK), Telstra in Australia and Verizon have discussed in more detail their 5G deployment plans. AT&T and Verizon turned on live millimeter wave 5G networks during a showcase in Hawaii yesterday and showed a number of 5G consumer experiences powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and RF subsystem.

“Over the last several years AT&T, Qualcomm Technologies and others have worked closely to accelerate the standardization and commercialization of the 5G NR network in a growing number of cities across the U.S. As the first to establish a 5G data connection and with plans to offer first true mobile 5G connectivity for businesses and consumers, our leadership doesn’t happen without close coordination with technology leaders like Qualcomm Technologies, NETGEAR and Ericsson,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, AT&T.

“We are focused on bringing the benefits of 5G NR networks for our business and consumer customers in the UK. In conjunction with Qualcomm Technologies, we have tested many of the underlying technologies that will be used to deliver 5G,” said Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G, BT Group. “We are eagerly anticipating 5G mobile devices featuring the new Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 arriving here along with the rollout of our 5G network in 2019.”

“At Samsung, we have a vision of a connected world powered by 5G that will benefit consumers, communities, industries and governments,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “5G will fuel collaboration, connectivity and productivity worldwide, and we’re excited to be at the forefront working alongside partners like Qualcomm Technologies to make the transformation to 5G a reality.”

“Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies were first in the world to deploy Gigabit LTE technologies and at that time, we showcased the experiences made possible with blazing fast LTE. Working with mobile industry leaders Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, we also recently achieved Australia’s first live 5G connection using a mobile test device powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, on our network. 5G will provide improved performance and data rates opening a range of new use cases for our consumer and enterprise customers, and we look forward to making it commercially available for Australians in 2019,” said Channa Seneviratne, network engineering executive, Telstra.

“Through our close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Verizon reached a number of milestones over the last year to help make 5G a reality for consumers in 2019,” said Nicki Palmer, chief network engineering officer, Verizon. “Our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and other key ecosystem players has allowed Verizon to work closely with OEMs to integrate 5G technology into their new mobile devices, including the moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod - the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone - that Verizon and Motorola announced in August.”

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