MWC 2022: Qualcomm announces “world’s first” 5G AI and Wi-Fi 7 chips
The Snapdragon X70 5G and the FastConnect 7800 are expected to be included in commercial devices in the second half of 2022
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 5G modem-RF system is equipped with an integrated artificial intelligence (AI) processor with the aim of “fuelling a new era” of intelligent 10-Gigabit 5G connectivity.
The addition of AI will bolster Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 5G with contextual awareness and personalisation at scale, allowing for “intelligent, intuitive, and automated actions”. This includes up to 30% improved context detection for higher average speeds and coverage enabled by AI-based adaptive antenna tuning.
The X70 5G will also be able to improve its performance through continued self-learning, allowing it to adapt to new and diverse services, spectrum, and deployments. It’s part of Qualcomm’s long-term 5G evolution plan that will enable advanced 5G use cases with AI and machine learning (ML) data-driven designs, including extended reality (XR) and 5G New Radio (NR), which is used in Internet of Things (IoT) and automotives.
Qualcomm also revealed the “world’s first” Wi-Fi 7 integrated 2x2 mobile connectivity SoC – the FastConnect 7800. With dual Wi-Fi antennas, peak speeds of 5.8 Gbps, and a latency of less than two milliseconds, Qualcomm described the chip as “the fastest and most advanced mobile connectivity system” and will be used to power XR, social gaming, edge compute, as well as the Metaverse.
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Both the Snapdragon X70 5G and the FastConnect 7800 are currently in the sampling stages and are expected to be included in commercial devices in the second half of 2022.
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