Qualcomm has unveiled a new modem enabled with fifth-generation LTE capability, the Gobi 9×45 modem, along with the second-generation Qualcomm RF360 envelope tracker, the QFE3100.
Currently, the Gobi 9×45 modem and QFE3100 are in the testing mode and expected to be commercially available in 2015.
The company claims that the Gobi 9×45 modem is “first announced Category 10 LTE cellular modem,” and is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 450Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps across the TDD and FDD spectrum.
The Gobi 9×45 modem has been built on second-generation 20nm technology node and supports up to 60MHz (downlink) and up to 40MHz 2x CA in the uplink.
It comes with major cellular standards integration such as DC-HSPA, EVDO, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA, while also supports major RF bands and band combinations. It also comes with support to GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, and also LTE Broadcast, VoLTE and LTE Dual-SIM.
Regarding the Qualcomm QFE3100, the company says, “30 percent smaller board area and enhanced power efficiency as compared to the previous generation.
This next-generation envelope tracker is designed to enable sleeker designs and improved battery life by reducing power amplifier (PA) power consumption and heat generation.”
Commenting on the announcement of the new products, Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, and Co-President, QCT said, “The expansion of our connectivity solutions to include fifth-generation LTE Category 10 technology, and the QFE3100, will offer consumers more efficient mobile devices that connect seamlessly to the fastest LTE Advanced networks while consuming lower power.
Today’s announcement builds on our established technology leadership in the LTE connectivity space and demonstrates our continued commitment to offering users an outstanding and unparalleled mobile experience.”