So you think the LTE connection that you have is fast? Right now mobile devices with LTE are using LTE Category 4 connectivity which can provide download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Qualcomm and Samsung however aims to push this further by demonstrating the LTE Category 6 connection at the MWC 2014.
During the live demonstration a modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was used that had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC and a Gobi 9×35 LTE modem. The device was able to achieve a maximum download speed of 300 Mbps which is twice as fast as what the current LTE speed is.
This feat is made possible by the use of the fourth-generation Gobi 9×35 modem that’s expected to be included in high-end Qualcomm hardware. The modem uses a carrier aggregation technique which allows it to combine two 20 MHz bands effectively doubling its bandwidth. This modem is the successor to the successor to the Gobi 9×25 series which was used by the company in its LTE offerings last year.
The Gobi 9×35 is the first modem to be manufactured using the 20 nm process and will be able to work on the LTE TDD and FDD standards. In addition to this, it is also backwards compatible with legacy cellular networks like WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA.
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said that “We’re excited to be working with Samsung across products and technologies to break new ground in enabling customers with the fastest mobile broadband connections worldwide. From enabling the world’s first LTE Advanced Category 6 demo in a leading commercial smartphone form factor, to driving LTE in high-volume smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to lead the industry’s transition to next-generation network mobile connectivity.”
Samsung is expected to offer a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC later this year in South Korea. There’s also a big chance that it will be sporting the new LTE modem.