On February 18, 2020, Qualcomm officially released a 5G third-generation solution, the SnapDragonX60 modem and RF system, which includes a baseband, RF transceiver, and a complete RF front end for the millimeter-to-6GHz band.
The SnapDragonX60 5G baseband is the world’s first 5mm chip, combined with the new QTM535 mm wave antenna module, which aggregates all major global bands and their combinations, including the mmWave and FDD and TDD bands below 6GHz. Providing operators with greater flexibility to leverage fragmented spectrum resources to improve 5G performance will accelerate the evolution of global 5G network deployments to standalone networks (SAs).
The SnapDragonX60 modem and RF system will be available to partners later in the quarter, while the SnapDragon X60 phone will ship in early 2021.
More comprehensive 5G performance
The SnapDragonX60 is Qualcomm’s third-generation 5G solution with greater performance, wider coverage, and higher rates.
In the process process, it uses the leading 5mm process process, is the world’s first 5mm chip, so that 5G baseband chip energy efficiency is higher, the plate area is smaller, so that OEMs have more design space. By contrast, the SnapDragonX55 released in early 2019 is a 7mm process, while the SnapDragonX50 released in late 2016 is a 10mm process, and the optimization of the process provides a glimpse of Qualcomm’s ongoing technology and process development.
In 5G performance, the SnapDragonX60 fully supports carrier aggregation in the 5G FDD-TDD 6GHz band, carrier aggregation in the 5G TDD-TDD 6GHz band, and millimeter-6GHz aggregation, helping to maximize the available spectrum resources for the network. to increase network capacity and peak rates, and even to double the peak rate of 5G SA. The current SnapDragonX60 program can achieve a download rate of up to 7.5Gbps and an upload rate of 3Gbps. SnapDragonX60 also supports Voice Over NR technology, helping to accelerate the evolution to the Independent Network (SA) pattern.
Qualcomm also introduced the new QTM535 mm Wave Antenna Module, which has a smaller and more compact design from the previous generation, supporting slim, stylish and even collapsible handset designs, better mmwave performance and support for the global mmwave band (North America, Korea, Japan, Europe, Australia).
Driving the global 5G industry
2019 is the year of 5G, and 5G services are available in many regions around the world. By the beginning of 2020, more than 45 operators around the world had launched 5G services, more than 40 OEMs had launched 5G terminals, and more than 340 operators in more than 115 countries had invested in 5G, and 5G would be on the road to high-speed development.
However, 5G development also faces many complex problems, such as the current global more than 10,000 5G bands, each country for 5G deployment planning is also different, which 5G device compatibility and stability of the extremely difficult challenge.
SnapDragonX60 solutions are providing global operators and mobile phone manufacturers with their support for a wide range of bands and superior performance, allowing the 5G industry to evolve faster.
From the end of 2016 to the launch of the world’s first 5G chip SnapDragonX50 to today, Qualcomm has launched three generations of complete 5G solutions, always playing the strongest sound driving the development of 5G. In 2019, the first 5G commercial terminals with the SnapDragon X50 will open the 5G era, and more phones with SnapDragon X55 will be available in the near future to boost 5G’s global expansion. The SnapDragonX60 will offer 5G network performance and user experience at your fingertips.