Qualcomm Adding 4G LTE Tech to Laptop Modems

Pulkit Chandna

With 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology emerging as a favorite among telecom carriers to replace existing 3G networks, it is now the turn of vendors to join the procession toward LTE. At CTIA 2010, now underway in Las Vegas, the stage is theirs to parade products compatible with the fourth generation wireless technology. Qualcomm was one of the many vendors to make an LTE-related announcement today at CTIA.

Its new Gobi modem chipsets feature LTE support while still retaining support for 3G technologies like EV-DO and HSPA.  “The latest modem chipsets that have been added to the Gobi product family deliver support for CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE with integrated backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO,” the company announced in a press release.

Michael Concannon, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' senior vice president of connectivity and wireless modules, told Cnet that most of the leading PC makers have chosen its Gobi modem chipsets for their laptops, with around 100 laptop models currently on the market boasting Gobi 3G modems.

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