Chipmaker Qualcomm has embedded an artificial intelligence processor into its new 5G modem system range, called the Snapdragon X70 series. Announced at the Mobile World Congress, the modem will provide benefits of increased uplink and downlink speeds, and is also the first 5G AI processor in a modem, according to Qualcomm.
However, the most prominent addition is the chip’s AI capabilities into its modem-Radio Frequency system.
Another big advantage is that the Snapdragon modem will be connectable to every commercial band, all the way from 600MHz to 41GHz.
In certain countries, it is necessary to check the radio frequencies supported by the country, or the states in India. A scenario could arise where the bands aren’t supported and could be a deterrent to fast speeds, or could lead to not connecting to the internet at all. This problem could be a thing of the past with the snapdragon X70 modem, but it is to be noted that the manufacturer needs to include the compatible front-end hardware too.
“Our 5th generation modem-RF system extends our global 5G leadership and the introduction of native 5G AI processing creates a platform and inflexion point for performance-enhancing innovations,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general managers, 5G, Mobile Broadband and Infrastructure, Qualcomm.
The peak power for the processor is at 10Gbps, while its peak uplink speed is 3.5 Gbps, which could provide stable connections for users.
As for AI, it will help to better throughput and increase energy efficiency. The processor can help tweak the parameters of Snapdragon X70 as necessary. Qualcomm said that the AI aspect can help in 60% better efficiency.
Qualcomm will start shipping the modem to manufacturers in the second half of the year, the first commercial phones with the X70 are expected to come to market by the end of the year or early next year.