Sunday, October 24, 2021

Qualcomm introduces Plug-and-Play M.2 Snapdragon X65 5G Modems

Do you know what Qualcomm has introduced is even better? Because I noticed that some notebook computers have replaceable Wi-Fi cards that you can soup out to get the best wireless performance, so that I asked the question. By upgrading your laptop with the company’s M.2 Snapdragon X65 and Snapdragon X62 5G modem reference designs computer’s wireless chip will be a walk in the park.

Both these Snapdragon X65 and Snapdragon X62 have supported in both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands, so that the network capacity is not going to be an issue. And also, the plugging in an M.2 5G modem will be just the same as plugging in an M.2 SSD, which is the most interesting thing.

The problem is that the notebook manufacturer must approve the design of the appropriate antenna. In short, just because an empty M.2 slot is available on your computer, it doesn’t mean that the notebook 5G will be ready as soon as you add an M2 5G modem. It will depend on the notebook manufacturer.

Durga Malladi, senior vice-president, and general manager of Qualcomm, said the reference design modems would extend services beyond giving smartphones access to blazing-fast communication.

“We’ve seen a dramatic growth in data consumption as a result of remote work and higher mobility. To help meet this data demand and create exciting new products and experiences, our new 5G M.2 Reference Designs tackle many 5G design complexities upfront so that OEMs don’t have to. Qualcomm Technologies is committed to leading the acceleration and expansion of 5G beyond smartphones. We’ve built world-class engineering and customer service teams dedicated to 5G mobile broadband to equip customers with advanced reference designs. We are empowering the ecosystem to bring next-generation Release 16 5G products as early as late 2021 and helping create new business opportunities across computing, CPEs, XR, gaming, industrial IoT and beyond.”

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X65 and Snapdragon X62 M.2 reference designs are now available, so we’ll see how many of the company’s partners are actually moving forward to give customers this choice.

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