Qualcomm has announced that it had began sampling its new X24 LTE modem. The new modem is its first announced Category 20 LTE modem, and can supports download speeds upwards of 2Gbps.
“As the world’s first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH.
The new modem is built on the new 7nm FinFET die lithography, and Qualcomm claims that it will feature the ‘most advanced cellular features’ of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date.
To provide context, the download speeds of Qualcomm’s current X16 LTE modem (used in the company’s Snapdragon 835 processor) caps out at 1Gbps; half the speed of the new X24 LTE modem. It’s upcoming X20 LTE modem, which will be a part of the new Snapdragon 845, only has download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Those speeds aren’t slow by any measure, but it is exciting to know that there now is an LTE modem that is touching the 2Gbps territory.
If you’re heading down to MWC 2018, Qualcomm will be having a live demonstration at the event, alongside with partners that include Netgear, the Australian telco Telstra, and renowned Swedish networking and telecommunications company, Ericsson.