Thursday, February 12, 2009

Qualcomm Expands HSPA+ Portfolio

Qualcomm unveiled a new family of chipsets that expand its HSPA+ product portfolio for mobile handsets and data cards.

The family of products also includes a new Qualcomm transceiver--the QTR8610--which supports worldwide 3G bands and integrates Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and necessary codecs to deliver a high level of functionality in a single chip.

The new HSPA+ chipsets include the Mobile Station Modem (MSM) devices for mobile handsets, as well as an MSM device for data applications. One handset device supports 3GPP Release 7 HSPA+ for data rates of up to 28 Mbps while the second handset device adds support for Release 8 dual-carrier HSPA+ for even higher data rates of up to 42 Mbps. All three products offer full backward compatibility to previous generation networks and are pin-, software- and functionally-compatible.

The device for data cards features support for 3GPP Release 8 standard, dual-carrier HSPA+ for up to 42 Mbps on the downlink and 11 Mbps on the uplink. By aggregating two HSPA carriers in parallel, Release 8 HSPA+ dual-carrier technology effectively doubles the end user's bandwidth from 5 MHz to 10 MHz to enhance Web 2.0 experiences.


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