Qualcomm unveils 5G antenna for next-generation smartphones

Qualcomm's 5G antennas are primed for next year's phones

Qualcomm's 5G antennas are primed for next year's phones

On Monday, Qualcomm revealed its mm-wave 5G antenna technology and transceiver, both created to work with the company's Snapdragon X50 modem, and fit inside handsets. This is a wireless signal that operates at frequencies of 24Ghz and higher. Most 4G carriers/telcos use frequencies below 3GHz (3000 MHz).

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Even so, Qualcomm claims that the QTM052 antenna can overcome all that. Entering the market the first mobile devices with new modules is possible in 2019.

Big players in United States including AT&T and Verizon are betting on mmWave and already committed to bring this technology to the masses in 2019. This is because of the "proximity effect", where human hands or bodies can completely block the high-band signal when holding the phone.

The first 5G compatible smartphones are now a step closer after Qualcomm revealed it has made the world's first mmWave antennas and sub-6Ghz RF modules available to device manufacturers.

The signal interference is the biggest hindrance when it comes to developing the millimeter waves into 5G.

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Qualcomm said the QTM052 mmWave antenna modules support beam forming, beam steering, and beam tracking technologies, improving the range and reliability of mmWave signals. The QTM052 modules include a 5G NR transceiver, power management circuitry, RF front-end components, and a phased antenna array. Also, they support up to 800MHz of bandwidth in the 26.5GHz to 29.5GHz (n257), as well as the entire 27.5GHz to 28.35 GHz (n261) and 37GHz to 40 GHz (n260) mmWave bands. Both the QTM052 and the QPM56xx have begun sampling to customers, with devices due to launch as early as the first half of 2019.

Qualcomm notes that mmWave is best suited for coverage in dense urban areas and crowded indoor environments, adding that broad 5G NR coverage will be achieved in sub-6 GHz spectrum bands. "Now, these type of modem-to-antenna solutions, spanning both mmWave and sub-6 spectrum bands, make mobile 5G networks and devices, especially smartphones, ready for large scale commercialisation". The QPM5650 and QPM5651 feature integrated 5G NR PA/LNA/Switch and filtering subsystem.

The QDM5650 and QDM5652 omit the power amplifier, but add multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) support.

A smartphone can hold up to 4 modules of the size of a fingertip.

The chipmaker on Monday unveiled its new QTM052 mmWave and QPM56xx sub-6GHz RF module families.

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