Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System

4b: Disruptive Device Innovation

In 2019, Qualcomm introduced a new era for mobile communications starting with the introduction of the Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system which has enabled 5G devices across the globe. Two key features of the Snapdragon X55 that will lead to the highest possible 5G speeds and quickest network deployments are as follows:

  1. mmWave, which is designed to streamline high-band spectrum, enables phone antennas to utilize special beamforming enhancements to ensure reliable connectivity and deliver ultra-high 5G speeds
  2. Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), designed to take existing mid-band spectrum used today for 4G LTE to be automatically allocated to 5G services provides operators with the flexibility to deploy 5G quicker as users and services grow

Judges Comments

“As 5G networks and devices emerge around the world, this company’s advanced technology is at the forefront of enabling the transition in every geography.”

“The judges also wish to recognise the developments in flexible display technology across the industry, demonstrating true innovation that will hugely benefit the market.”



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