Qualcomm Extends LTE and Carrier Aggregation Benefits to Entry-Level Smartphones and Tablets

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Processor

Qualcomm has announced that its Qualcomm® Snapdragon 200 tier, the Snapdragon 210 processor, will offer integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE and LTE Dual SIM for entry-level smartphones. Qualcomm also unveiled the company’s first LTE-equipped tablet reference design, enabling OEMs and ODMs to create and introduce a new class of multimode 3G/4G LTE connected tablets. 

Initial versions of the tablet reference design will be available with the Snapdragon 410 and 210 processors. In addition company announced its newest 28 nm transceivers which are optimized to support LTE and LTE Advanced devices in the mid and entry tier, as well as its next-generation Qualcomm RF360™ front-end solutions to enable device makers to easily customize LTE Advanced products for global or regional band combinations with enhanced performance and power efficiency.

Snapdragon 210 processor features include seamless, advanced LTE connectivity with fully integrated 4G LTE-Advanced Cat 4 Carrier Aggregation, LTE Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM/Dual Standby; quad CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 304 graphics; and 8 megapixel camera support.

Advanced connectivity capabilities include integrated 4G LTE-Advanced Cat 4 Carrier Aggregation, RF transceiver chip WTR2955, and the Qualcomm RF360 front end solution for multiband and multimode support.

According to company, to date, more than 525 QRD-based devices have been launched commercially by more than 40 OEMs and IDHs in 21 countries, including more than 30 QRD-based devices launched with LTE.  In addition, there are more than 160 QRD-based LTE designs in the pipeline. Among the first expected to launch a tablet based on this new 4G LTE Snapdragon 410 reference design will be FOXDA Technology industrial Co. Ltd., an EMS and ODM service provider for consumer electronics brands worldwide.

Additional features of the next generation 28nm transceivers and Qualcomm RF360 front end solutions include two new 28 nm transceivers, the WTR4905 and WTR2955, which pair with the Snapdragon 410 and 210 respectively, and are optimized to support LTE and LTE Advanced multimode devices in the mid and entry tier; next generation Qualcomm RF360 CMOS power amplifier and antenna switch solutions.

Next generation Qualcomm RF360 integrated power amplifier and antenna switch, the QFE3320, a configurable carrier aggregation solution that can be optimized for regional band combinations for mid- and entry-tier devices to address the immediate need of the LTE Advanced ecosystem.

The Snapdragon 210 processor and QRD reference tablet are expected to be available in commercial devices in the first half of 2015.  The new RF360 front end products are expected to be available in commercial devices in the second half of 2014.

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