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Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Smartphones replace a lot of various devices we no longer find a need for. Cameras, home phones, music players, and now — modems? According to research firm Strategy Analytics, smartphones are rapidly taking the place of our modems, too. Shipments of modems are expected to decline 24% by the end of the year, not surprising after a 17% dip in shipments last year. Since 2010, Strategy Analytics says the market cap for modems has been cut in half, but it’s not doomsday just yet.

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Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Class-leader Qualcomm has just announced their newest LTE modem, and it’s a doozy. As we edge closer to the gigabit Internet age, Qualcomm is outpacing smartphone technology and capabilities. Their latest is a Category 10 Gobi model, capable of 450 Mbps download speeds. That’s about 1.5-times faster than a Category 6 LTE modem, which tops out at 300 Mbps. In addition to the lightning-quick download, Qualcomm has also tweaked envelope tracking, which will keep the modem operating at peak efficiency.

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iPhone 6 might have a better (but older) LTE modem

iPhone 6 might have a better (but older) LTE modem

One of the features we all want (or need) on a modern smartphone is LTE. Faster LTE is sometimes considered better, but the chipset top-end handles theoretical speeds we typically don’t meet. A new report about an iPhone 6 component suggests Apple is being a bit more realistic about data transfer speeds, and wants to improve on that.

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Qualcomm banishes LTE fragmentation with global RF360 radio: roaming ahoy!

Qualcomm banishes LTE fragmentation with global RF360 radio: roaming ahoy!

LTE smartphones all but locked to specific carriers because they don't support the profligate array of 4G frequencies in use could be a thing of the past, with Qualcomm promising its new RF360 radio chipset will play happily across 40 different bands. The Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution can cope with all 40 of the different LTE frequenties carriers have deployed around the world, in addition to older HSPA+ and EVDO connections for when you're outside of fledgling 4G coverage. Meanwhile, Qualcomm also promises that phones and tablets using the RF360 will be faster than their regular counterparts, as well as potentially smaller.

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Tiny Broadcom LTE chip enables trimmer tablets and longer-lasting phones

Tiny Broadcom LTE chip enables trimmer tablets and longer-lasting phones

4G phones and tablets could get smaller, run longer, and connect in more places, thanks to Broadcom's new 4G LTE Advanced modem, tipped as the industry's smallest so far. The Broadcom BCM21892 cuts power consumption by as much as 25-percent over a current LTE chip, the company claims, while taking up 35-percent less space and roaming across more network frequencies. That opens the door to a far more flexible 4G device.

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Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced that their one and only developer conference Uplinq 2013 will this year be held between September 3rd and 5th, chock-full of mobile application and developer strategy goodness from start to finish. This event will once again be working with technical sessions, chats, demonstrations, and networking opportunities in massive amounts - and SlashGear will be there to cover the whole gamut! While registration isn't quite open yet, it will be extremely soon for those interested in jumping in on the future of mobile computing from the Qualcomm side of the universe.

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NVIDIA hits AT&T 4G LTE with Icera 410

NVIDIA hits AT&T 4G LTE with Icera 410

This morning the folks at NVIDIA have announced their first trip into the world of AT&T 4G LTE with the Icera 410 LTE mulimode data modem chipset for tablets and clamshell devices. This chipset paves the way for NVIDIA to be working on the 4G LTE network AT&T offers in the very near future and through the future as well with Tegra-powered devices galore. The qualification tests this chipset has just gone through will allow product manufacturers from all corners of the market to quickly and easily get set up with 4G LTE and will set NVIDIA up for big wins in the connected AT&T smart device market for some time to come.

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