Qualcomm has announced the Qualcomm RF360, which is a global 4G LTE chip for mobile devices, and according to Qualcomm this is the worlds first chip that offers support for global LTE.
“The wide range of radio frequencies used to implement 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks globally presents an ongoing challenge for mobile device designers. Where 2G and 3G technologies each have been implemented on four to five different RF bands globally, the inclusion of LTE brings the total number of cellular bands to approximately 40,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our new RF devices are tightly integrated and will allow us the flexibility and scalability to supply OEMs of all types, from those requiring only a region-specific LTE solution, to those needing LTE global roaming support.”
Qualcomm have said that they expect to see the chip in new smartphones by the second half of this year.
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