Following Qualcomm’s announcement that 37 manufacturing and carrier partners are working to bring 5G wireless devices to market in 2019, the San Diego-based company today announced Snapdragon X24, the world’s first 2Gb per second 4G/LTE modem, and a series of successful tests demonstrating 5G’s power in automotive, industrial, and office environments. Confidential until today, the X24 and 5G demonstrations were shown to VentureBeat last week and are planned for public display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Above: A prototype device containing Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X24 modem is shown on Feb. 7, 2018.

Image Credit: Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat

Qualcomm touts the Snapdragon X24 as a bridge between 4G and 5G standards, enabling higher transfer speeds than any prior LTE modem — a way for carriers to offer gigabit-plus speeds over existing LTE networks as a backup during 5G network deployment. X24 is the world’s first-announced Category 20 modem, as well as the first-announced chip built on a 7-nanometer process, supporting up to 2Gb per second “fiber-like” download speeds. That’s twice as fast as Qualcomm’s original Gigabit LTE modem, leveraging 7 times carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on up to five LTE carriers for a total of 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams. These features enable the X24 to use all licensed and unlicensed spectrum a mobile operator has available. It will be demonstrated live with Ericsson, Telstra, and Netgear at the Mobile World Congress.

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