The Snapdragon® X70 5G RF-Modem System uses the power of artificial intelligence to enable revolutionary speed, coverage, low latency and power efficiency.

Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon X70 5G modem , which will likely be the company’s latest modem Apple used in its iPhones before moving on to in-house designed chips.

Qualcomm says its latest 5G smartphone modem includes “the world’s first 5G AI processor built into a 5G Modem-RF system,” which is expected to increase average download and upload speeds  on mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. From the company’s press release:

Snapdragon X70 inherits the unmatched 10 Gigabit 5G peak download speed of its predecessor and packs advanced new features like Qualcomm 5G AI Suite, Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite, and 4X carrier aggregation to achieve 5G speed, coverage, signal quality. and low latency. The Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite in Snapdragon X70 allows OEMs and operators to minimize latency for hyper-responsive 5G user experiences and applications.

“Our fifth generation RF-modem system extends our global leadership in 5G and the introduction of native 5G AI processing creates a platform and game changer for performance-enhancing innovations,” said Durga Malladi. senior vice president and general manager, 5G, Mobile Broadband and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Snapdragon X70 is an example of how we are harnessing the full potential of 5G and enabling an intelligently connected world.”

According to the company, Snapdragon X70 can achieve download speeds of up to 10Gbps and peak upload speeds of 3.5Gbps . In addition, it is up to 60% more energy efficient , thanks to 5G PowerSave Gen 3 technology. The modem also includes support for global 5G multi-SIM and Dual-SIM Dual Active. The Snapdragon X70 modem is expected to launch on 5G devices later this year.

In a 2020 deal to fend off a lengthy legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, a settlement document revealed that Apple has committed to using the X65 and X70 modems in products launched between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024, which would seem to suggest the X65 will be used in the iPhone 14 ‌, while the newly announced X70 modem will be in the ‌iPhone‌ 2023 range .

However, other reports have suggested that Apple will have its own custom-designed 5G modem ready for iPhone 2023 models, so it’s not entirely clear where the X70 fits in. Apple may end up using its own chips in most regions and relying on Qualcomm for X70 chips in certain areas, which could explain why Qualcomm says it plans to ship only 20% of Apple’s ‘iPhone’ modems in 2023 . When Apple’s deal with Qualcomm expires, Apple will switch to its cellular modem for all future devices.

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