Qualcomm Aims at Easier 5G Deployment With its First mmWave Module

Doris Richards
July 23, 2018

The company revealed that it has developed a fully-integrated 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) antenna module, along with sub-6 GHz RF modules for use in smartphones and other devices.

mmWave is an antenna technology that helps to support the crazy-fast data speeds that come with 5G, but up until today's announcement, it wasn't being used with mobile devices "due to the many technical and design challenges they [the mmWave signals] pose".

The mmWave antenna supports beam forming, steering, and tracking technologies, improving the range and reliability of mmWave signals. They feature an integrated 5G NR radio transceiver, power management IC, RF front-end components and phased antenna array.

If you recall, a bunch of major smartphone makers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and Xiaomi already said they'll be working with Qualcomm, and majority commited to delivering X50-powered phones by the first half of 2019. Most importantly, the QTM052 modules integrate all these capabilities in a very compact footprint, such that up to four of them can be integrated into a smartphone.

The QPM56xx family is also created to work with the XZ50.

Qualcomm said its new modules are now sampling to customers, meaning they could be available in the next generation of commercial flagship smartphones.

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