At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 earlier this year Qualcomm, US chipmaker, made exciting announcements regarding its 5G compatible chipsets.
Now at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung), which is Europe’s biggest tech show in Berlin, Germany, Qualcomm announced that it will include 5G connectivity in its chipset series 6, 7 and 8 in the coming future.
Qualcomm announced earlier this year that it will build 5G functionality into its more integrated chipsets without having to have a separate built-in 5G modem an now it is bringing this 5G connectivity to all three of its chipset series. This means that mid-tier devices which are oriented to perform more specific tasks will have 5G connectivity sooner than later.
Good news is that Qualcomm has accelerated its commercial readiness of its Snapdragon 7 series to the fourth quarter of 2019 which means that new devices will have them when they come out in the first half of 2020.
Currently there are twelve manufacturers and brands who are planning to use the Snapdragon 7 series 5G compatible chipsets. These original equipment manufactures (OEMs) include Motorola, Realme, Oppo, Vivo, Redmi for some and also HMD Global, a Finish mobile phone company marketing under the Nokia brand.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 6 series chipsets built into devices will be commercially available in the second half of 2020. As far as their 8 series chipsets, details won’t be forthcoming until later in the year.
While Qualcomm is accelerating its commercial readiness it is also processing in its expansion of its 5G deliverability which has been rather limited until now. The company plans to us its latest mmWave antenna module (QTM527) to change that.
This new antenna module will allow 5G capabilities to rural, suburban and dense urban areas to receive high-speed internet access. Rural and suburban ares will be able to receive connectivity within a one mile radius of a base station and densely populated ares will receive connectivity within a half mile radius. The base station will be a box that can be installed on a light pole.
This development in technology will increase the reliability of 5G overall and that it is a reliable competitor to fiber optics for business and home Wi-Fi networks. When you combine Qualcomm’s new module technology with its chipsets which are more widely available generally, you can expect to see 5G becoming more accessible to mobile devices globally within a year.