Snapdragon X75 modem brings 5G Advanced to smartphones, IoT, and FWA routers

Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 is the latest 5G Modem-RF System from the company bringing 5G Advanced connectivity to smartphones, PCs, industrial IoT, vehicles, and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) routers.

5G is getting more confusing than ever, as after just having launched a 5G NR-Light modem for smartwatches, industrial IoT, and XR glasses, Qualcomm introduced the first “5G Advanced” modem with the Snapdragon X75 targetting a wide range of applications that benefit from the improvements in speed, coverage, mobility, power efficiency, etc… made possible by the 5G NR Release 18.

Snapdragon X75 5G Advanced modem

Snapdragon X75 key features and specifications:

  • Cellular Technology –  5G NR, LTE, LAA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/ Edge, CBRS, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), EN-DC, NR-DC, mmWave, sub-6 GHz
  • 5G Spectrum – mmWave-sub6 aggregation, sub-6 carrier aggregation (FDD-TDD, FDD-FDD, TDD-TDD), FDD-TDD support for uplink-CA, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS)
  • 5G Modes – FDD, TDD, SA (standalone), NSA (non-standalone)
  • Up to 10CC aggregation in mmWave, up to 5CC aggregation in 5G sub-6GHz
  • 5G Bandwidth up to 1000 MHz
  • 5G Peak Download Speed: 10 Gbps
  • 5G Peak Upload Speed: 3.5 Gbps
  • Qualcomm 5G AI Suite Gen 2 with:
    • Sensor-modem-RF solution for mmWave beam management
    • AI-enhanced channel state feedback (CSF)
    • AI-enhanced antenna tuning
    • AI-enhanced GNSS Location Gen 2
  • Qualcomm 5G AI Processor Gen 2 with dedicated tensor hardware accelerator
  • Converged mmWave-sub6 Transceiver
  • 3GPP Release 17 and Release 18 support
  • Qualcomm QTM565 mmWave module
  • Qualcomm Advanced Modem-RF Software Suite with
    • Qualcomm Smart Network Selection Gen 2
    • Qualcomm DSDA Gen 2 (Dual Data) for dual-SIM support
    • Advanced Interference Cancelation
  • Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 4
  • Qualcomm Smart Transmit Gen 4 technology with Snapdragon Satellite support
  • Qualcomm Power RF Efficiency Suite
  • Qualcomm RF Downlink Boost

Qualcomm highlights AI hardware acceleration with the Qualcomm 5G AI Processor Gen 2 delivering 2.5x improved AI performance over Gen 1, as well as a new modem-to-antenna architecture, a new software suite, and several “world’s first features” such as 10-carrier aggregation for mmWave. What has not changed is the peak download speed which is still the same as the previous generation Snapdragon X65 at 10 Gbps. Qualcomm also unveiled the Snapdragon X72 5G Advanced modem supporting the same features but limited to a maximum of 4.4 Gbps download speed.

5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform Gen 3 WiFi 7
5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform Gen 3

The Snapdragon X75 is also part of the Qualcomm’s 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform Gen 3 with 5G Advanced, tri-band WiFi 7, and 10GbE wired connectivity as well as a quad-core CPU that will run OpenWrt operating system or the RDK-B open-source software platform for broadband modems and routers.

Snapdragon X75 is currently sampling and commercial devices are expected to launch by H2 2023. Additional information may be found in the press release, the product page, and various blog posts on the Qualcomm website.

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