The commercialization of 5G will start in 2019. This means that we are already in the third year of the commercialization of 5G. Currently, many countries around the world already have 5G connectivity. However, many countries have not yet sold even their 5G spectrum. Undoubtedly, the Chinese market is the largest in the world, and its 5G is the most advanced. By the end of last year, 1.42 million 5G base stations had been built in China. It is estimated that by the end of this year the total number of 5G base stations in China will exceed 2 million. In addition, the number of 5G terminal connections already exceeds 500 million.
Is 5G complete, even with network deployment as advanced as China’s? No, on the contrary, 5G is still evolving, new technologies and new features are constantly flowing in and there is still room for development from the perfect 5G. The latest communication network is not a static goal: technology continues to evolve and the second round of 5G innovations is underway
Unlike 2G, 3G and even 4G networks in the last 20 years, 5G may be the most ambitious generation of networking technologies. It not only affects everyone’s mobile phone calls and internet access, but actually covers almost all of human technological life.
Qualcomm is promoting its 5G capacity
At the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia in 2022, Qian Kun, senior vice president of Qualcomm, said that 5G was designed with a wide range of application scenarios in advance, such as the Internet of Things. Therefore, 5G aims for high capacity, high speed and high reliability at the beginning of its design. Based on the common 5G technology, a large number of industrial applications have been implemented and a large number of new technologies and new formats can be created.
However, the development of 5G cannot be fast, it is constantly evolving, upgrading and improving. Both functionality and applicability are constantly expanding. The 5G standard that was frozen in 2018 was R15. In 2019, the industry completed the standard freeze on 5G R16. In 2022, the 5G R17 standard was frozen. The current R17 5G brings more improvements in a number of key technologies, including capacity, coverage, latency, energy efficiency and mobility.
This is followed by 5G R18 and the future stage of 5G Advance, which is essentially the second stage of 5G innovation. Technological innovation can be seen at least in 2027, and the technological development of 5G will take at least 8 to 10 years.
In other words, 5G, which has only been in development for three years, is no longer 5G as it used to be. In the future, 5G will continue to evolve, bringing a variety of new technologies and new experiences. 5G has no finish line and is a process that requires continuous development.
Qualcomm unlocks new 5G experience
From Snapdragon X65 to Snapdragon X70: Qualcomm unlocks the new 5G performance experience from good to excellent. The continuous development of technical standards for 5G will eventually reach consumers and corporate users. It also requires powerful products that can quickly follow the latest standards. The Snapdragon 5G modem and Qualcomm’s radio frequency system are constantly repeated year after year.
Today, Qualcomm released five generations of chips with 5G baseband. The current new generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform uses the Snapdragon X65, and the latest product is the Snapdragon X70. Based on the X65, the Qualcomm 5G AI package further improves its performance. It can use and optimize 5G connections in bands below 6GHz and mmWave to improve speed. It also improves network coverage, mobility, connection strength, energy efficiency and reduces latency.
The downlink speed of the Snapdragon X65 5G modem and the radio frequency system reaches 10Gbps for the first time. This is equivalent to a 10 Gigabit broadband network. It is also the world’s first 5G modem and radio frequency system to meet the 3GPP Release 16 specification. The update can support the rapid deployment of 5G R16 without the need for operators to replace hardware and spectrum resources.
In addition, the Snapdragon X65’s baseband also supports Smart Transmit 2.0, which is Qualcomm’s unique system-level technology. By using the system’s function of monitoring the system from the main band to the antenna, it can continue to meet the requirements for radio frequency radiation, while importing millimeter waves and bandwidth below 6 GHz. In addition, it will bring higher upload speeds and wider network coverage.
Snapdragon X70 5G modem and radio frequency system
On the 5G modem and Snapdragon X70 radio system just launched this year, Qualcomm is focusing on optimizing and improving better uplink speeds of 3.5 Gbps, full support for 5G commercial bandwidth-independent 5G bandwidth. network and global multi-pass, including spectrum aggregation (NR-DC / EN-DC), scalable architecture, etc.
More importantly, the X70 introduces AI technology to make 5G networks more usable. It does this with Qualcomm’s powerful AI capabilities. This includes the world’s first millimeter-wave technology supported by artificial intelligence. This technology can improve performance, improve throughput, and extend cell coverage to improve bond strength.
Just two months later, the Snapdragon X70 introduced a new feature upgrade. At Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G integration and testing lab in San Diego, the Snapdragon X70’s 5G test terminal achieved the world’s first 5G independent millimeter-wave network connection. This technology can work smoothly and does not even need spectral anchors below 6GHz. Deploying 5G networks and millimeter-wave terminals, Qualcomm reached a peak speed of 8.3 Gbps in the experiment.
In addition to high 5G performance, global operators are also very concerned about 5G power consumption. That’s why Qualcomm further optimizes the power management of the Snapdragon X70. It carries Smart Transmit 3.0 technology and is currently expanding support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmission power management. This includes 2G to 5G, millimeter wave, Wi-Fi 6 / 6E / 7 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 2.4 and other wireless communications.
Looking at the excellent 5G experience of the Snapdragon X65, Qualcomm already has an improvement on the Snapdragon X70. This upgrades the 5G experience, providing unparalleled flexibility for operators. It also provides exceptional 5G capacity and multi-gigabit data. Without a doubt, the company is doing everything possible to improve 5G.