The next big chip cycle for Qualcomm and the mobile device makers that use the company’s chips is nearly here: Expect phones and tablets using the new 64-bit chip from Qualcomm in the first half of 2015. Aside from faster clock speeds and more power efficiency, you’ll likely see faster mobile broadband download speeds, depending on your carrier’s network.
That’s because Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 will support Category 9 carrier aggregation for LTE-Advanced with the ability to use 3 x 20 MHz data channels.
By comparison, some current [company]Qualcomm[/company] chips can aggregate a pair of channels that each theoretically support 150 Mbps transfers or 300 Mbps overall downloads in a best-case scenario. Add a third 150 Mbps channel and what do you get? The 450 Mbps speeds that Qualcomm has demonstrated in the lab with a Snapdragon 810.
From the company’s release on Thursday:
“Category 9 capabilities have been validated with…
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