Snapdragon X20 LTE: Qualcomm announce LTE Cat. 18 Modem
Weeks ago, Qualcomm announced the commencement of the sampling of the Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset, its second generation Gigabit LTE solution. It is the world’s first-announced modem to support Cat 18 LTE and another step into the path of 5G.
Built-using the Samsung’s leading-edge 10nm FinFET process, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE is the first commercially announced Gigabit LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Cat 18 download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, a 20-percent improvement in download speeds over the previous generation.
The modem allows support for up to 5×20 MHz downlink Carrier Aggregation (CA) across licensed and unlicensed FDD and TDD radio frequencies, as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to three aggregated LTE carriers. It also supports integrated Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV) capability, a first for Snapdragon LTE modems.
These features are supported by the first commercially announced single-chip RF transceiver capable of simultaneously receiving up to 12 spatial streams of LTE data. The model also features more advanced dual SIM functionality and supports Snapdragon All Mode, including all major cellular technologies (LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, and GSM/EDGE).
Commenting on the launch, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc, Serge Willenegger said;
“The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is the latest example of Qualcomm extending our connectivity leadership and puts us at the forefront in driving global deployment of Gigabit LTE worldwide, laying an essential foundation for the successful launch of 5G mobile services worldwide.
We anticipate that the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem will help accelerate the worldwide adoption of Gigabit LTE, allowing users to enjoy even faster data speeds, further improving consumers’ always on mobile lifestyle.”
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is expected to hit commercial devices starting the first half of 2018.