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Qualcomm's Latest LTE Modem Boasts 450Mbps Downloads

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Nov 19, 2014, 8:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Qualcomm today announced a new LTE modem and accompanying envelope tracker for mobile devices that has the potential to deliver blistering download and upload speeds. The Gobi 9x45 modem supports Category 10 LTE and global carrier aggregation for download speeds of up to 450Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps. Qualcomm says it is up to 1.5 times faster than Category 6 LTE. The modem uses 20nm technology and supports all major cellular standards (GSM, DC-HSPA, CDMA, EVDO) and radio frequency bands. It also supports most major geolocation systems, including GPS, Glonass, and Galileo, as well as LTE Broadcast, VoLTE, and dual SIM LTE. The QEF3100 envelope tracker uses 30% less board area, creates less heat, and is more power efficient. Qualcomm says it will allow device makers to create even thinner designs that perform better. The Gobi 9x45 and QEF3100 are currently sampling with customers and are anticipated to be commercially available in 2015.



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Nov 19, 2014, 2:25 PM

What would be nice...

is if the modem was sold without the artificial locks in place to block networks... this modem Can do CDMA and GSM, so in theory you Could just swap between T-mo/ATT and Sprint/Verizon (GSM-CDMA) but I imagine they will lock it out so it only does one or the other, depending on who you buy it from.

Maybe one day we will have freedom to buy and use a phone without artificially placed restrictions, now That would be nice. THAT might be a real reason to pay $800 for a phone direct from a manufacturer.
A phone that could work with any carrier sounds great in theory, but I don't see it happening for technical reasons.

Basically, while the chip has all these capabilities, it takes more than the one chip to have a functional radio. There are variou...
How often are you switching carriers that you want to get a phone that works with all of them? Most people want to get a new phone every year or 2 anyways so that's a perfect opportunity to switch. If you are switching more often then you should pic...

Nov 19, 2014, 9:51 AM


I'm so glad we'll be able to use this when the carriers catch up in 10 years! 😁
The speed sounds great, and look at all the cool things you could do with it.. But in reality, it'll just help folks blow through their data allowance more quickly. With the average 2GB plan, it certainly won't take long.
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