4G/5G summit: Qualcomm adds to its family of 5G NR mmWave antenna modules

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Qualcomm has extended its QTM052 mmWave antenna module family of fully-integrated 5G NR millimetre wave (mmWave) modules for smartphones and other mobile devices with its smallest additions yet.

Compared with the first set of modules announced in July 2018, the latest mmWave antenna modules are 25 percent smaller and engineered to enable mobile device manufacturers to address stringent mobile handset size requirements for 5G NR smartphones and mobile devices expected to launch next year.

According to Qualcomm, the modules will provide OEMs with more options for antenna placement, offering more freedom and flexibility in their 5G mmWave designs.

The QTM052 mmWave antenna modules pair with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem to help address the challenges associated with mmWave. They feature a phased antenna array design in a small footprint, suitable for integrating up to four modules in a smartphone form factor. The modules support advanced beam forming, beam steering, and beam tracking technologies, designed to improve the range and reliability of mmWave signals. They also include an integrated 5G NR radio transceiver, power management IC, RF front-end components and phased antenna array, as well as support up to 800 MHz of bandwidth in the 26.5-29.5 GHz (n257), 27.5-28.35 (n261), and 37-40 GHz (n260) mmWave bands.