Qualcomm outs mobile industry’s first Gigabit Class LTE Modem
Qualcomm has introduced the its sixth-generation discrete LTE multimode chipset that can support download speeds of up to 1 Gbps – the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is paired with the new Qualcomm WTR5975 RF Transceiver, and was built using a 14nm FinFET process. It can deliver fiber-like LTE Category 16 download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and supports up to 4×20 MHz downlink Carrier Aggregation (CA) across FDD and TDD spectrum with 256-QAM, and 2×20 MHz uplink carrier aggregation plus 64-QAM for uplink speeds up to 150 Mbps.
The new Snapdragon LTE modem also supports Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) making it the first commercially announced LTE Advanced Pro modem, Snapdragon All Mode, LTE dual SIM, LTE Broadcast, HD and Ultra HD Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with single radio voice call continuity to 3G and 2G.
The first commercial products to carry the new Snapdragon X16 LTE modem are expected to arrive in the second half of 2016.