Oct 19, 2016 04:10 AM EDT
Qualcomm Unveiled World's First 5G Snapdragon X50 Processor; Will Make Devices 100 Times Faster [VIDEO]
Qualcomm unleashed the world's first 5G wireless chip, dubbed as the Snapdragon X50 modem. The Snapdragon X50 modem should be in devices in the first half of 2018, and promises to be 100 times faster compared to the current wireless tech.
The release of the world's first 5G wireless chip is about to happen, which is initially aimed at both phones and gear, such as home wireless networks. Qualcomm staff manager of technical marketing, Sherif Hanna, said in an interview that 5G is right around the corner, according to CNET.
The X50 symbolizes the next step toward 5G, which is slated to be 100 times faster compared to Qualcomm's current wireless technology and 10 times speedier than what Google Fiber offers via a physical connection to the home. Typically, when a new wireless technology will be up for grabs, it first shows up in standalone devices like wireless hotspots. But, the American telecommunications company is already working on getting it into phones.
In spite of that, the X50 processor also has some limitations. The technology only connects to 5G networks, in order to link to an older 4G or 3G network, a person will need a second wireless chip. Qualcomm is hoping that phone manufacturers will opt to pair the X50 with its Snapdragon line of processors that integrate the brains of the device with the wireless connectivity.
Nevertheless, the executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Cristiano Amon, stated that the Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase. Amon also said that utilizing their long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, they are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality. This shows that they are not just talking about 5G, they are truly committed to it, Qualcomm reported.
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