Qualcomm he threw the new Snapdragon X60 5G modem, a third generation system for 5G connectivity on smartphones that could be used on 2021 iPhones.
Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem, lo Snapdragon X60, is the first baseband chip made with the a process 5 nanometers. Successor of the 7 nanometer X55 launched in February 2019, the X60 is capable of delivering up to 7.5 gigabits per second of download speeds and up to 3 gigabits for uploads.
The reduction from 7 nanometers to 5 nanometers helps to reduce the size of the component, thus allowing smartphone manufacturers to save further internal space. In addition, the new 5nm process further optimizes the performance and consumption of the modem.
Qualcomm he claims also that it is the first 5G RF-modem system in the world to support spectrum aggregation between all 5G bands and combinations. This means that the modem will be able to use bandwidth simultaneously sub-6 GHz and mmWave.
Previous 5G chips were able to communicate with sub-6GHz and mmWave connections, but not at the same time. By connecting to both simultaneously, there is less chance that users will experience signal loss. In addition, there may also be important benefits for connection speed.
The X60 also includes support for Voice over NR (VoNR), which is used to make calls over 5G connections instead of returning to 3G or 4G technologies.
Qualcomm says the first Snapdragon X60 will be supplied to device manufacturers in the first quarter of 2020. This means that we could only see it on iPhones 2021, given that there are no technical times for using this chip in the iPhone 12. The next Apple smartphones should in fact integrate Qualcomm’s X55 modem chip.