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Qualcomm Bringing LTE-A to Low-cost Phones

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Chipmaker Qualcomm has unveiled new products aimed at bringing LTE and carrier aggregation functionality to entry-level smartphones as well as tablets.

At an event in Hong Kong, the company announced the Snapdragon 210 processor, a low-cost chip that nevertheless features multimode 3G/LTE and LTE Dual SIM support.

The chip also supports LTE-Advanced Cat 4 CA as well as LTE-Broadcast. It uses a quad-core CPU and Adreno 304 graphics chip capable of delivering full 1080p video playback.

Also on display was the company’s first reference design for LTE-equipped tablets, as well as 28nm transceivers optimized to support LTE and LTE-Advanced at the entry and mid-level device tiers.

“The smartphone is an ever-moving target—we must upgrade our roadmap and have something disruptive out there,” said Amon Cristiano, EVP, Qualcomm, and co-president, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, said at the event. Cristiano said the Snapdragon 210 would be sub-$100, the world’s first LTE chipset at that price-point.

“We’ve focused on 4G for years,” said the Qualcomm EVP. “If you believe that the entry-level market will benefit from 4G, we have a good position.”

He described his firm’s investment in LTE as “early and pervasive,” and predicted that wearables, automotive devices and the IoE would bring an “increasing cadence of new products.” Original post by Dylan Bushell-Embling and Stefan Hammond/ Telecomasia

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