Qualcomm says customers including LG, Nokia Siemens, Huawei and Sierra Wireless are testing its new chip sets. Expected to be in devices in 2010, the chip sets support dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE, which interest T-Mobile and Verizon, respectively.
is now providing customers with trial versions of its newly
developed multimode, high-speed wireless chips.
The Mobile Data Modem, or MDM8220, is the first to support DC-HSPA+
(Dual-Carrier High-Speed Packet Access Plus), while the MDM9200 and MDM9600,
according to Qualcomm, are the industry's first multimode chip sets for 3G and
LTE (Long Term Evolution).
The dual-mode chips enable customers to take advantage of higher-speed
technology where it's available, while being backward-compatible with
"These chip sets demonstrate significant progress toward enabling the
mass-market commercial deployment of two next-generation technologies that
bring more advanced data capabilities to mobile devices for new global markets
in addition to North America," said a Nov. 12 Qualcomm statement.
LTE is a 4G technology competing with WiMax. In August, Verizon Wireless completed its first successful LTE 4G data
calls, and plans to launch LTE in 30 markets
HSPA+ is a 3.5G technology, though on Nov. 11 T-Mobile announced the launch of a trial HSPA+ network
that some initial tests showed faster speeds than those claimed by early 4G
Qualcomm said devices based on its MDM solutions are scheduled to go on sale
in the second half of 2010, and it's working with manufacturers including
Huawei, LG Electronics, Novatel Wireless, Sierra Wireless and ZTE, as well as
infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens, and network operators Emobile and Telestra
"We are pleased to be working with so many industry leaders to bring
these advanced technologies to market," Alex Katouzian, vice president of
product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, said in a statement.
"We remain committed to CDMA and OFDMA WAN modem leadership and the
seamless and cost-effective commercialization of next-generation technologies
around the world."
Qualcomm describes the dual-carrier technology as doubling networks'
bandwidth from 5MHz to 10MHz by aggregating two HSPA carriers in parallel. The
MDM8220 DC-HSPA+ solution reportedly provides downlink data rates of up to 42M bps
and 11M bps on the uplink.