LG Unveils World’s First LTE Chipset

LG Electronics, a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, announced today that it has independently developed the first handset chip based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology standards.

In theory, the modem chip can support download speeds of 100Mbps with upload speeds of 50Mbps. Wicked fast!  This is a big step towards making market-ready 4G handsets.

LG demonstrated the chip their Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab in Korea pulling down 60Mbps download speeds and pushing out upload speeds of 20 Mbps. Today’s current phones use HSDPA technology and get maximum speed of 7.6 Mbps.

Imagine being able to download a full length movie in under a minute!  How about the ability to stream four high-def movies at once, without buffering! Now you can get a sense for just how quick LTE can be.  If you have a mobile device with a 8GB or 16GB memory card, you can find yourself filling it up before you charge the phone up for the first time!

Most of the cellular providers are pursuing LTE-based 4G technology due to the lower cost of network upgrades.  The carriers have built their own LTE test networks and are now turning their focus towards the handsets.  Expect to see these first few LTE phones trickle in around 2010.

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