Qualcomm: 5G modems in M.2 format to boost integration in PCs

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 and X62 modems switch to M.2 design to facilitate adoption by laptop PC manufacturers

A few months ago, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon X65 and X62 modems compatible with 5G for laptops known as «always-connected». The American founder now presents a redesigned M.2 version of these two modems.

Snapdragon X65 and X62 modems switch to M.2

The first models of Snapdragon X65 and X62 posed a problem for manufacturers, as integration into their devices was costly and complex. This new redesigned iteration must correct these problems in order to encourage their adoption.

To do this, Qualcomm relies on a well-known form factor that our SSDs and other components already use: the M.2. With such a connector, modems become de facto compatible with a much larger number of devices and motherboards.

This change will make it easier for laptop manufacturers to consider equipping their hardware with Snapdragon X65 and X62 modems.

New features accompany design change

The Snapdragon X65 is the first 5G modem capable of theoretically delivering speeds up to 10 Gbps. Under their new design, modems retain all the features of their predecessors, while adding some new features. This is made possible by their architecture which can be upgraded.

Qualcomm adds support for 5G millimeter (mmWave) in standalone mode (SA) as well as support for bandwidth up to 200 MHz in 5G mmWave.

The Snapdragon X65 also benefits from improved PowerSave 2.0 technology for improved energy efficiency. This means that to deliver similar performance, it will consume less battery.

The Snapdragon X62 and X65 M.2 modems are expected to be fitted to commercially available laptops by the end of the year. They are already available for individuals who would like to build their own configuration.

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