Chip-maker Qualcomm has unveiled a new radio chipset, dubbed the RF360, which it says addresses the problems arising from having several different LTE bands in various locations worldwide.
The Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, it is claimed, can assist OEMs in creating “multiband, multimode mobile devices supporting all seven cellular modes, including LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE”, bringing together around 40 LTE bands from around the world with a single device.
The chipset should result in devices that are usable anywhere in the world and would bring down costs for manufacturers who currently have to create different models of the same device for different parts of the world.
Qualcomm’s announcement also outed a new transceiver chip, the WTR1625L, which “can accommodate all cellular modes and 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE frequency bands and band combinations that are either deployed or in commercial planning globally” and which is the first chip to support carrier aggregation.
Devices sporting the new hardware from Qualcomm are expected to be released towards the end of 2013.