Qualcomm Unveils Industry’s First Mobile Platform with Integrated 5G at MWC

At MWC 19Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with 5G integrated into a System-on-Chip (SoC). The company builds on its 5G leadership with the Snapdragon X50 and X55 5G modems and RF front-end (RFFE) solutions by offering a newly integrated Snapdragon 5G mobile platform, which reinforces the company’s role in providing the global mobile ecosystem with the flexibility and scalability needed for broad and fast 5G adoption. OEMs will be able to utilize the investments made on the Snapdragon X50 and X55 modems to enable accelerated commercialization on the new integrated 5G platform.

The new integrated mobile platform is the first in a roadmap of software-compatible 5G mobile platforms and takes advantage of their newly announced second-generation 5G mmWave antenna module and sub-6 GHz RFFE components and modules. The comprehensive 5G modem-to-antenna solution is designed to enable device makers to quickly and cost-effectively develop 5G smartphones for virtually any 5G network or region in the world.

The new integrated Snapdragon 5G mobile platform features Qualcomm 5G PowerSave technology to enable smartphones with the battery life users expect today. Qualcomm 5G PowerSave builds on connected-mode discontinuous reception (C-DRX, a feature in 3GPP specifications) along with additional techniques from Qualcomm Technologies to enhance battery life in 5G mobile devices – making it comparable to that of Gigabit LTE devices today. Qualcomm 5G PowerSave is also supported in the Snapdragon X50 and X55 5G modems, which are expected to power the first waves of 5G mobile devices introduced this year.

The new platform is scheduled to sample to customers in the second quarter of 2019, with commercial devices expected in the first half of 2020. This announcement follows the Company’s recent 5G product updates: 

  • Qualcomm announced the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 855. It is expected to power virtually all the first wave of 5G flagship smartphones this year.
  • The company also introduced its second generation 5G modem, Snapdragon X55, along with its second generation of 5G RFFE solutions. The new products extend Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G and 4G leadership with a unique modem-to-antenna solution for both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum to power the second wave of 5G devices.

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