As part of its effort to fast-track the rollout of 5G technology, Qualcomm on Tuesday (Feb.19th) introduced its second generation of chips that allows smartphones to connect to 5G high-speed data services, according to a recent press release.
Qualcomm said that the chip is designed to support the global 5G rollout and can be used on 4G networks, as well. This flexibility will help operators “accelerate 5G deployments by using their existing 4G spectrum holdings to deliver both 4G & 5G services dynamically,” Qualcomm said.
The move comes as a handful of companies race to develop, test and deploy technology that supports 5G networks. Rivals Huawei and Samsung are also said to be developing chips to be used in their own phones that support 5G.
Second generation 5G modem
“With significant evolution in capabilities and performance, our second generation commercial 5G modem is a true testament to the maturity and leadership of our 5G technology,” said Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon.
“We expect our 5G platform to accelerate 5G commercial momentum and power virtually all 5G launches in 2019 while significantly expanding the global 5G rollout footprint.”
The announcement comes a day before Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, is set to reveal its new 5G smartphone models.
As 5G manufacturers continue to build their new phone that can support 5G, Apple hasn’t revealed when it plans to release a new phone that supports the new network.
Qualcomm / Apple legal dispute
Qualcomm has been involved in a wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple amid complaints that some iPhone models violated one of the chipmaker’s patents.
Qualcomm won a ruling in Germany last year that allows a ban on some of Apple’s older iPhone models in the country. Apple dropped Qualcomm’s chips from all new iPhone models in favour of Intel’s, however, Qualcomm continues to supply its chips to some older iPhone models.