Just before annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – Qualcomm seems to be all set to churn devices compatible and in smaller form factor complementing 5G devices.
Qualcomm lately announced that it has achieved a 25 percent reduction in the size of its 5G millimeter wave antennas, which are expected to be critical parts in early 5G mobile handsets.
Qualcomm publicly revealed its first QTM052 millimeter wave (mmWave) antennas back in July, showing roughly fingertip-sized modules designed to pair with the company’s Snapdragon X50 5G modems. Each antenna is capable of being used on 26.5-29.5 GHz, 27.5-28.35 GHz, or 37-40 GHz mmWave bands, though Qualcomm has said device makers could include up to four antennas to prevent signal loss in handheld devices.
Today’s announcement demonstrates that Qualcomm and its partners are indeed making progress, even as the clock ticks down to the launch of early 5G mobile devices. By reducing the antenna’s size by a quarter, Qualcomm makes a single 5G antenna easier to implement and cuts a full antenna’s worth of volume from a four-antenna array — more space for a battery, or a way to make the smartphone smaller. The company says its dozens of OEM partners “now have more options for antenna placement, providing them with more freedom and flexibility in their 5G mmWave designs.”
Unfortunately, device makers have been struggling to fit even a single 5G antenna module within the ever-shrinking bezels of standard-sized modern smartphones.