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MWC 2018: Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon previews your 5G future

Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon discusses his company's advances in RFFE at a recent 5G event.

The mobile revolution has been one of the most transformative forces of the past three decades and Qualcomm’s technologies have played an outsized role in its formation and acceleration. Now, we’re shifting our focus toward defining the next mobile era and Mobile World Congress 2018 provides an ideal platform to show the world what we’ve been up to.

Qualcomm holds a unique position in technology in that when we break through, it benefits the entire industry and every single person on the planet. Central to everything we’re working on is the realization of the next generation of wireless technologies. 5G is the successor to 4G LTE, yet it’s less of an evolutionary step than it is an exponential leap. These technologies will enable unprecedented mobile experiences, delivering speeds that surpass most of today’s fastest wired connections (sans the wires) while packing enough bandwidth to support not just billions of connected humans, but tens of billions of connected devices.

5G will do more than turbocharge our smartphones (though, it’ll certainly do that), it’ll enable the creation of whole new industries, have an economic impact measured in trillions*, and lay the foundation for technologies we’re only beginning to think about.

Meet the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem.

Far from a speculative vision of the future, the first mobile 5G NR trials will begin in just a few months, paving the way to commercial availability in 2019. Our Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem, which was used to demonstrate the world’s first 5G data connection, is helping make that happen. And we’re working with leading OEMs around the world to develop Snapdragon X50-powered smartphones, mobile hotspots, Always Connected PCs, and immersive head-mounted VR displays in time for 5G’s arrival.

As we work to help build the global 5G infrastructure, we continue to evolve LTE. A pivotal part of this effort will be the just-announced Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, which makes its public debut at MWC. Snapdragon X24 is our third-generation Gigabit LTE modem that can deliver lightning-fast download speeds up to 2 Gbps. Snapdragon X24 and other Gigabit LTE modems will help ensure a smooth transition into 5G by complementing Snapdragon X50 to provide multimode 4G/5G capability on the same device.

Inventing what’s next

At MWC, we aim to highlight the industries being transformed by our inventions as well as those most-poised to be supercharged by the innovations to come.

This year’s show will witness the arrival of the next generation of premium tier devices featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, which enables mobile experiences that are faster, brawnier, smarter, and more immersive. With Gigabit LTE connectivity, cutting-edge graphics, and next-level efficiency, the Snapdragon 845 was specifically engineered to help device manufacturers deliver the future, today.

The networks of tomorrow won’t just connect all the people in the world, they’ll connect people to all the things in their world. Qualcomm’s advanced networking, RF front end, computing, and security technologies are already integral to the rapidly extending Internet of Things, but we’re far from finished.

We’re advancing local networks with a newly updated Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform and will continue to drive the evolution of Wi-Fi with 802.11ax / ad and Bluetooth to provide greater capacity, performance, and flexibility.

Few sectors will be more thoroughly reinvented in the 5G era than the auto industry, which will completely upend what consumers have come to expect from their vehicles. Qualcomm is leading the industry’s transformation toward greater connectivity, bringing the smartphone experience to the dashboard, with an unrivaled portfolio of reliable and secure platforms including C-V2X.

We’ll also show-off the new paradigm in mobile computing, Snapdragon-powered Always Connected PCs. These new-generation PCs are engineered to marry the best top-tier smartphone features — such as always on, always connected, and beyond-all-day battery life — with the familiarity of the laptop form factor and full Windows 10 ecosystem.

For the last 30 years, Qualcomm has invented the foundational technologies that have enabled the mobile era. That tradition of bold technology leadership continues as we pioneer the intelligent, hyper-connected world of the future across connected cars, industrial IOT, smart homes and smart cities, networking, and mobility — with 5G as the underlying connectivity fabric.

We can’t wait to work with our partners to deliver what’s next. See you on the show floor or at our booth (Hall 3, Stand 3E10)!

 

* Source: The 5G Economy, an independent study from IHS Markit, Penn Schoen Berland and Berkeley Research Group, commissioned by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Mesh are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Qualcomm Centriq is a product of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc.