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Qualcomm Announces 5G Home Broadband Reference Design


5G: Another Milestone in IoT Era

A major target market for 5G network deployment is to solve the broadband “the last mile of copper” problem. It is done by avoiding the cumbersome fiber-optic cable problem from the local cabinet to the home network connection. Qualcomm hopes to solve the last mile of this home broadband through 5G wireless connectivity.

This requires each facility to have a 5G hotspot connected to the main network and convert the received network signals to a local Ethernet connection or a local Wi-Fi connection.

In order to solve this problem, Qualcomm released the latest 5G home broadband reference design. One end uses Qualcomm’s 5G baseband, while the other end uses Aquantia’s AQtion high-speed Ethernet connectivity solution.

The 5G band is mainly divided into two technical directions, Sub-6GHz, and mmWave (millimeter wave). Qualcomm’s 5G Home Broadband (also known as “Fixed Wireless Access Device”) ‘Fixed Wireless Access Equipment’ Ideally. This technology will allow each system to have access speeds greater than 1 Gigabit, which would also mean the wired/wireless connection also needs to support a 1 Gigabit network receiving device on the other side, and Quanta’s chip can meet the design requirements.

Key Features

Qualcomm’s reference design, which can serve both Su6 GHz and mmWave, Qualcomm’s design paired the X55 modem with the AQC107 (10 GbE) or AQC111C (up to 5 GbE) wired solution. While providing the QCA6390 Wi-Fi 6 chipset, customers can use a system that freely designs power, firmware, and software.

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