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  • gutboy09 gutboy09 Mar 1, 2013 3:55 PM Flag

    iPhone 5S Buzz: Global LTE and China Mobile

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    iPhone 5S Buzz: Global LTE and China Mobile

    By Dan Ritter | More Articles
    March 01, 2013
    Page 1 of 2
    There are no safe bets in the technology industry, and predictions about what technology will be on the market in a year or two are about as accurate as drunk dart players. But still, we set our sights on the future and predict away, consuming rumors with tepid optimism and sometimes prescient criticism.

    Rumors of an “iPhone 5S” cropped up pretty much the instant the iPhone 4S was released. After all, once the precedence is set, what else could Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) conceivably call the the second iteration of its fifth generation of smartphones? Apple’s signature use of taxonomy to help brand its products leads consumers to expect nothing less.

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    But to the point: the word on the street is that a phone with this moniker is in the works (is anyone surprised?). Apple Insider reports, citing Chinese tech news website EMSOne, that long-time partner Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the device. The meat of the report, which amounts to a rumor, is that the speculated phone will be compatible with multiple carriers — most notably, China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), which boasts over 700 million total subscribers…

    Taking a stroll down speculation lane, the capacity to support multiple carriers could be provided by the newest LTE chipset manufactured by Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).

    “The Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, a comprehensive, system-level solution that addresses cellular radio frequency band fragmentation and enables for the first time a single, global 4G LTE design for mobile devices,” the company reported when it announced the chip. “Band fragmentation is the biggest obstacle to designing today’s global LTE devices, with 40 cellular radio bands worldwide.”

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    • MWC 2013: Intel unveils new mobile processors and LTE solution

      The company is also jumping on the 4G LTE bandwagon with the unveiling of the XMM 7160 multimode-multiband LTE solution, which it claims is the smallest and lowest-power technology of its kind, making it ideal for smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks. Its modem can support 15 LTE bands at the same time, more than any rival, and the RF architecture can run real time algorithms for envelope tracking and antenna tuning, which results in cost-efficient multiband configurations. This is due out in the first half of the year, in time for an expected major boom in 4G connectivity.


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