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Qualcomm showcases 150 Mbit/sec LTE ready Gobi modems

Posted: 27 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? Internet of Things? carrier aggregation? AllJoyn?

In a demo at the Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm Inc. showed off its embedded LTE Advanced modem delivering 150 Mbit/second connections using carrier aggregation. A handful of OEMs including Fujitsu, Huawei, Lenovo, Panasonic and ZTE said they will use the chips in notebooks, tablets and data cards, some expected to ship this year.

Separately, Qualcomm and Deutsche Telekom are developing an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the German carrier based on Java and an earlier generation of the modem. In addition, Qualcomm rolled out new features for its open source IoT platform called AllJoyn.

Qualcomm's Gobi MDM9625 and MDM9225 enable the LTE Release 10 feature of carrier aggregation to create 150 Mbit/s links without a contiguous 20MHz channel. Spectrum-starved carriers are hungry for the new feature shown by many vendors at MWC.

The 28nm chipsets also support HSPA+ and GPS networks including GLONASS, and they sport lower power consumption and size compared to previous Gobi products. They started sampling in November and are expected to appear in shipping systems this year in a variety of modules including PCI Express Mini Card, PCI Express M.2, and Land Grid Arrays.

Lenovo, Fujitsu and Panasonic said they will support the modems in a range of notebooks and tablets. Huawei, Longcheer, Novatel Wireless, Sierra Wireless and ZTE said they will use them in data cards and embedded modules.

On the software front, Deutsche Telekom will provide before June a development platform for the Internet of Things based on the Gobi QSC6270-Turbo and Oracle's Java ME Embedded 3.2. It will ship as a SIM card geared for developers writing machine-to-machine apps for the carrier's network.

Separately, Qualcomm said it will add by May a handful of features to its open source IoT platform called AllJoyn. The new capabilities include:

-A feature to let a smartphone configure an IoT device
-A standard way for devices to broadcast and receive text, image and multimedia notifications
-A vendor-agnostic protocol to enable wireless audio streaming protocol

- Rick Merritt
??EE Times





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