Qualcomm has introduced 5G M.2 card reference designs based on Snapdragon X65 and X62 5G modems with the aim of accelerating 5G adoption in PCs, Always-Connected PCs (ACPCs), laptops, Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs), XR, gaming, and other mobile broadband (MBB) devices.
The Snapdragon X65 card will allow download speeds of up to 10 Gbps, while the Snapdragon X62 model can handle up to 4.4 Gbps with both versions compliant with 3GPP Release 16, and supporting mmWave and sub-6GHz networks.
For those who may not know, reference designs are ready to be manufactured solutions provided by silicon vendors to OEM’s. So Qualcomm will not sell the cards themselves but instead, rely on partners who may manufacture them as is or with some tweaks. Companies committed to either sell cards or include them into their offering include Compal Electronics, Fibocom Foxconn, MeiG Smart, Partron, Quectel, Sierra Wireless, Telit, and others with most focusing on CPE and IoT use cases.
More details may be found in the press release.
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