There are many vast components that need to work together in order that they may carry on 5G networks in mobile phones. In a bid to make this possible, new standards that require agreement upon, new modems that have to be created and new networking hardware for towers have to be released. However, it appears as though Qualcomm may have just overcome one of these obstacles having announced its new QTM052 mmWave antenna modules, which is the first ever to be announced and it is able to support high-speed swath of networking spectrum designed to function on mobile phones.
This in fact is a serious thing as not every 5G is created equally. The simulated test results of Qualcomm from the MWC early this year depicted that users will be able to browse at great speed with lower-bandwidth 5G solutions, however, greater speed will come from the mmWave network.
The only way for this to function is that usable mmWave hardware for phones must be designed which is not so easy. Even though the mmWave portion of the spectrum provides faster speed, the transmission comes at a shorter range and is more easily blocked by such things as walls and even hands of either users or other people held over the phones.
The company asserts that its QTM052 antenna offers the solution. It is a tiny antenna array relatively small in size and it features four antennas (with the aid of algorithms from Qualcomm) capable of pointing toward the 5G tower closest in range precisely. It is also able to bounce signals off surrounding surfaces. The QTM052 is designed to be so small that any device manufacturer will have the ability to drive it into the bezel of a phone. Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem is has before now been designed to provide support for about four of the antenna arrays, one for either side of the device and in this wise a total of 16 antennas will be embedded into the phone thereby preventing the signal from getting blocked no matter how the phone is held.
According to Qualcomm, the first devices with the QTM052 antennas will be launching in early 2019.