Qualcomm Announces Wireless Industry’s First 5G Chips

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Qualcomm’s headquarters in Sorrento Valley. Photo via Reuters

San Diego based Qualcomm announced it will begin shipping the wireless industry’s first chip sets for next-generation 5G service in 2018.

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The Snapdragon X50 5G modem is designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second, and can be paired with a Snapdragon processor to power a smartphone.

“We are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies. “This shows that we’re not just talking about 5G, we’re truly committed to it.”

The new 5G mobile networks are expected to be roughly 100 times faster than the 4G networks they supplant. Most carriers are planning to offer 5G by 2020.

The announcement, which came late Monday, means that smartphone manufacturers can get an early start designing 5G equipment based on Qualcomm technology.

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