Qualcomm Unveils an All-in-one Data Communication Solution for Smartphones
Qualcomm introduces the RF360 chip to address the complexity of implementing LTE technology. Carriers in various countries use different LTE frequency bands and this keeps manufacturers busy each time they release new phone models. Even Apple has to offer three different variants of iPhone 5 to full accommodate forty 4G (LTE) bands currently employed by carriers around the world.
With the RF360, Qualcomm claims that it’s finally able to break through the fragmentation problem, as the chip offers comprehensive support for GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, TD-CDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE and others. The processor also allows manufacturers to push the form factor envelope even further allowing for production of thinner devices.
The RF360 chip will be launched after Q2 2013 and given the company’s propensity towards the licensed business model; we may see the technology to quickly proliferate. By the end of the year, major handsets manufacturers may no longer need work around the issue of the highly fragmented frequency band, at least until a new wireless technology is implemented by the industry.