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Qualcomm Promises to Fix Global LTE Mess with RF Solution

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Feb 21, 2013, 11:03 AM
A lof of pieces to put together under 1 phone.
Rich Brome

Feb 21, 2013, 11:24 AM
Yes, but these are all things that need to go into new phones anyway. Part of Qualcomm's achievement here is using 3D packaging techniques to stack several (previously separate) radio parts onto one "chip".

Feb 22, 2013, 2:51 PM
I'm not too up on this stuff, but maybe you guys can help me understand. Does this mean that a cell phone manufacturers eventually won't need to make both a GSM and CDMA variant of a phone? And they'll just be able to have one phone with all the radios (cdma and gsm) built into one chip?
Rich Brome

Feb 22, 2013, 4:01 PM
Theoretically they could. Yes.

However, every band and mode still requires additional antenna engineering, testing, and certification. That adds not only expense, but time to market. Therefore, don't expect most phones to take advantage of this. It will usually be cheaper and faster to push out a phone with fewer modes/bands.

Some global flagship models (iPhone, Galaxy S, and HTC One, for example) may take advantage of this technology in the coming years. But don't expect it in many other phones any time soon.

Feb 23, 2013, 7:08 AM
How I read this: Qualcomm expects the RF360 to reach smartphones by the second half of this year.
Also known as, likely it won't be in the S4.

To me, there are two "coming soon" technologies that are worth waiting for, the Snapdragon 800 processor, perticularly because of the QuickCharge 2.0 tech, and this RF360, because of the improved battery usage.

Feb 21, 2013, 3:59 PM
Sounds like a big step in the right direction to me. Been hearing lots of good stuff from Qualcomm lately.

Feb 23, 2013, 7:12 AM
Yes! Pertucularly the Snapdragon 800 processor!!!
Ohhhhh wow, the specs on that thing are impressive!!!

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