Qualcomm shows off mmWave 5G antennas, will be ready for phones in 2019
As most of the major wireless service providers are expanding their 4G LTE coverage in the areas they offer, many are looking forward to what will come next. At the end of 2017, 3GPP officially announced that the 5G specification had been completed and that means that companies could start testing and prototyping devices for it. With this news making many headlines, Qualcomm jumped and announced the X50 modem that would appear on phones in the first half of 2019. Today, the company has shown its first module device, which are called mmWave 5G antennas.
As mentioned, at the moment 3GPP declared the new specification we began to see that these big companies started working on the future of wireless technology. Earlier this year, there was a prototype 5G modem for smartphones during the second half of 2018. The energy even came up saying that the Exynos 5G modem could theoretically reach a maximum download speed of up to 5 Gbps. Prototypes are one thing, but many things can go wrong during these design experiments.
In October 2017, it was Qualcomm who successfully completed the testing of this new data connection using its Snapdragon X50 modem chipset in a 28GHz mmWave spectrum. The latest Qualcomm mm antennas are shown today in the QTM052 mmWave antenna module family and the QPM56xx sub-6 GHz RF module. Qualcomm boasts that this antenna module is the first 5G NR millimeter wave RF component completely integrated and sub-6 GHz designed for mobile devices. While many are excited to know which is the first commercially available 5G phone, I wonder how wireless service providers will be able to use it. 4G LTE is fast enough on mobile devices if it has good coverage and increasing download speeds up to 5 Gbps only makes customers reach their speed limit faster and then it comes down to 2G or 3G connections.
Even so, this new technology is ideal for the main sites that wirelessly transmit their Internet connection through a 5G connection and then allows attendees to take advantage of the speed by connecting to their special router. Mobile access point devices are expected by the end of this year with the new Qualcomm modules. Smartphones with technology should be ready in the first half of 2019.