Qualcomm reportedly working on a chip with multiple LTE bands and carrier networks

Qualcomm reportedly working on a chip with multiple LTE bands and carrier networks

In a recent filing at the FCC, it seems Qualcomm has been busy lately working on a new radio chipset. According to the FCC, it looks like we could be looking at a chip that would support up to 7 different bands, with three of those bands being below 1 GHz. LTE spectrum fragmentation is no joke, and it looks like this chipset could be the answer to said problem, which has plagued manufacturers for a long time.

the bands range from below 1 GHz, all the way up to “a very high band”, possibly around 2.5 GHz. The filing with the FCC shows that the chip has “accelerated development” by Qualcomm, and is currently labeled WTR1605L. The timing of the transition to this chip sits snugly with the company’s transition to 28 nanometer chips, and they expect to be shipping to manufacturers in July – even though they are experiencing “supply constraints”, according to the FCC filing.

While the chipset has the capacity to be very exciting, Qualcomm attempted to impress on the FCC that they don’t want to mandate the use of these 28 nanometer chips, since the transition to these chips (as well as the specific set listed, WTR1605L) is still in its infancy. They also mention that a band 12/17 combination should not be used, saying it is merely a single option for carriers “to meet their customer’s interoperability needs, both within the 700MHz band and between any of the long list of other 4G bands.”

This chipset could prove to be the end, or at least the beginning to an end, of band fragmentation. It would also cut down on hardware fragmentation and the sometimes outrageous amount of hardware itself in the Android scope, as issues with banding on devices would no longer have a solution of releasing yet more variants of the same device.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

via androidpolice

About author

AndroidGuys
AndroidGuys 4639 posts

Founded on November 5, 2007, we've enjoyed bringing you the latest in Android news and rumors. Updated daily, we strive to deliver reviews, opinions, and updates on all things related to Android.

You might also like

News and Rumors

TouchWiz UX Update Now Available For Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi

Did Samsung just release an update on time? Yep. The TouchWiz UX update is available for all you lucky Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi owners out there. Just grab your Tab,

News and Rumors

Boost Mobile announces $129 Moto G

The Moto G is the first Motorola smartphone at Boost Mobile since 2011 Boost Mobile on Thursday announced that the Moto G will be offered online on Tuesday, January 14,

News and Rumors

Sprint and Motorola Planning Something Special for June 9

We just got an invite to a luncheon in New York next month where Sprint and Motorola will let attendees get some hands-on time with their latest collaborations.  We can’t

4 Comments

  1. Arthur Brownlee IV
    June 11, 13:24 Reply

    Meanwhile T-Mobile is moving 3G/4G to the 1900mhz band instead of AWS. This could be big win.

Leave a Reply