Snapdragon X80 5G Debuts, Satellite-Ready, Coming Soon

At MWC 2024, Qualcomm, a major player in mobile processors, unveiled its flagship 5G modem chip, Snapdragon X80. This marks Qualcomm’s seventh-generation 5G modem chip, offering not only lightning-fast connectivity but also incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and supporting satellite networks.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip is designed for smartphones, extended reality (XR) devices, personal computers, vehicles, and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices. One of its key features is the inclusion of a dedicated AI processor. This AI processor is equipped with a tensor accelerator, which enhances data transfer speed, coverage range, and performance while reducing latency. Additionally, the Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip integrates a third-generation 5G AI component (5G AI Suite Gen 3), optimizing coverage range and location accuracy. Qualcomm emphasizes that when connected to millimeter-wave networks, the Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip can reduce power consumption by 10% and improve location accuracy by 30%.

Qualcomm highlights that the Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip is the first to integrate Narrowband-Non-Terrestrial Network (NB-NTN) satellite communication into a 5G modem chip. This indicates that by the later part of 2024, flagship smartphones supporting satellite connectivity are expected to hit the market.

The Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip boasts a maximum download speed of up to 10Gbps, upload speed of up to 3.5Gbps, and supports 5G millimeter-wave and sub-6GHz frequency bands. It also features a six-receiver antenna architecture, being the first to support six times downlink carrier aggregation and 5G modem chip-based AI millimeter wave range extension. The Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip adopts the same QTM565 millimeter-wave antenna as the Snapdragon X75 5G modem chip.

Qualcomm has already provided samples of the Snapdragon X80 5G modem chip to its partners, and commercial devices featuring the new chip are expected to be launched in the second half of the year.

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