LTE may come to iPad, iPhone next year thanks to latest Qualcomm chips
Apple's move to standardize on Qualcomm baseband chips will be helpful in bringing LTE to the iPhone and iPad next year thanks to Qualcomm's next-generation mobile device modem (MDM) chips. The company announced on Wednesday that updated chips with integrated LTE and 3G support will offer greater power efficiency for mobile devices, a sticking point that has so far kept Apple from offering compatibility with high-speed LTE networks. Since Apple already relies on Qualcomm baseband chips in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2, it should now have a straightforward upgrade path to LTE for 2012. Qualcomm unveiled its 4G LTE compatible Gobi 4000 platform, which has API compatibility with its current 3G Gobi 3000 platform. The 4000-series adds extensions to enable LTE data transmission with automatic HSPA and EV-DO fallback. The platform is also compatible with EV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, and dual-carrier HSPA+, offering device makers an integrated solution that will work with most carriers around ...
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