Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, which it says is the world’s first category 20 LTE modem supporting up to 2Gbps download speeds, as well as the first announced chip built on a leading-edge seven nanometre FinFET process.

It is the company’s eighth generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution. Qualcomm said it offers the most advanced cellular features of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date, adding that it is going to strengthen the LTE foundation for future 5G NR multimode devices and networks.

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem will be featured in a live demonstration at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona in conjunction with Ericsson, Telstra and NETGEAR. MWC kicks off on February 26th.

Serge Willenegger, senior vice-president and general manager of 4G/5G and Industrial Internet of Things at Qualcomm Wireless GmbH, said: As the world’s first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019.”

He added that the Snapdragon X24 further expands on the use of 4×4 and LAA capability. It comes with a “powerful array of the most advanced 4G LTE technologies commercially available”, according to Mr Willenegger. He added that these advancements would help mobile operators to fully mobilise their spectrum assets and maximise the capacity of their Gigabit LTE networks.

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is capable of delivering twice the speed of Qualcomm’s first generation Gigabit LTE modem. It can also support 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers for a total of up to 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams.

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