Qualcomm Announces 84Mbps HSPA+ Chipset, Coming To T-Mobile Sometime Next Year

Today, at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Qualcomm announced a new mobile chipset, the MDM8225. The MDM8225 brings full support for HSPA+ Release 9 aka HSPA+ 84Mbps. If you may recall, T-Mobile had plans for HSPA+ 84Mbps and even HSPA+ 168Mbps when they first rolled out their 4G campaign last November. The new chipset will use “dual-carrier” technology, which will utilize multiple frequencies at the same time. Since T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network operates using both 1700MHz or 2100Mhz frequencies, the new MDM8225 chipset will be able to operate on both of these frequencies simultaneously.

In addition to 84Mbps downlink and 23Mbps uplink speeds, the new chipset will also feature Qualcomm’s interference cancellation and equalization (Q-ICE) receiver. This receiver will reduce interference and increase network capacity, reducing the amount of dropped calls and poor cellular reception.

Qualcomm states that samples of the MDM8225 are anticipated to be available in Q4 2011 with the first devices expected to roll out sometime in 2012.

Check out the press release below, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments!

[Via Qualcomm]

MDM8225 Chipset to Support HSPA+ Release 9 Data Rates of up to 84 Mbps

BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 14, 2011Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today introduced its newest Mobile Data Modem™ (MDM™) chipset for use in mobile broadband data devices, the MDM8225™. This new MDM will support HSPA+ Release 9, the latest version of the popular mobile broadband standard, which incorporates technology enhancements that help the chipset deliver data rates of up to 84 Mbps on the downlink. The MDM8225 will be fabricated using the 28nm technology node.

“Dual-carrier HSPA+ has proven to be a popular standard with mobile network operators who are now looking to improve their wireless networks’ performance by adopting the latest version of the technology,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm. “Qualcomm’s new chipset will allow device OEMs to develop high-performance, low-power and small-form factor devices, such as USB modems or portable WiFi hotspots that take advantage of the higher data rates provided by HSPA+ Release 9. We are excited to be working with T-Mobile USA to deliver 84 Mbps HSPA+ capability in 2012 with the MDM8225.”

“Qualcomm is one of T-Mobile’s key strategic partners that supports our ongoing drive to take the HSPA+ ecosystem to 84 Mbps and beyond,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “We look forward to continuing to work with Qualcomm to stay at the forefront of wireless innovation with new and compelling 4G devices and services.”

The new chipsets will support HSPA+ MIMO antenna technology simultaneously with HSDPA carrier aggregation on the downlink to deliver higher data rates to users. The dual-carrier HSDPA feature will also support aggregation of carriers from different frequency bands and will give network operators greater flexibility in the use of their allocated radio spectrum to deliver doubled data rates for faster mobile broadband connectivity. Additionally, MDM8225 will support dual-carrier HSUPA operation to double uplink user data rates. The MDM8225 chipsets will support the latest Qualcomm Interference Cancellation & Equalization (Q-ICE) receiver, a feature that removes interference in a cellular network to increase network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband user experience.

The new chipsets will integrate a dedicated processor that will allow OEMs to develop new product classes and services at a lower cost. For example, OEMs will be able to develop WiFi hotspot products without requiring an external application processor. The MDM8225 will pair up with the WTR1605 radio frequency IC and PM8018 power management IC to provide a highly integrated chipset solution.

The MDM8225 chipset will support all major 3GPP radio bands, including the 1800 MHz band. As operators plan to refarm their 1800 MHz spectrum to provide for additional data capacity, the MDM8225 will add to Qualcomm’s family chipsets that will support HSPA+ in the 1800 MHz band.

Samples of the MDM8225 are anticipated to be available in Q4 2011.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere. For more information, visit Qualcomm around the Web:
www.qualcomm.com
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Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of MSM8225 on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which HSPA+ Release 9 is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2010, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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  • http://twitter.com/IAintMadAtYa Gabriel Fernandez

    WOW!

  • http://twitter.com/IAintMadAtYa Gabriel Fernandez

    WOW!

  • Catsigh

    OHHH MAMA!

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    T-Mobile >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Milo17

    Great to hear they need to expand coverage before they roll these speeds

  • Anonymous

    YUM! That’s what I’m talking about…

  • Anonymous

    YUM! That’s what I’m talking about…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-LeCompte/47912789 Lucas LeCompte

    please put this in the HTC Pyramid k? k.

    • Anonymous

      If you want it released this year its not gonna happen lol

    • Anonymous

      If you want it released this year its not gonna happen lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

    beautiful just beautiful

  • Manusferrera

    y expand coverage when the chips used in the phone increase cell reception good job tmo let the manufacturers solve your coverage problem.

  • b123456789

    tmo umts wcdma uses both 1700 AND 2100 at the same time.

    1700mhz down and 2100mhz uplink

    what DC (dual-cell) allows is the use of two 5-10mhz channels at the same time, within the respective bands.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Holy Cow yuss!! Rolling out speeds just as they originally planned. : ) glad to see they’re right on schedule.

  • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

    Move over Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile isn’t messing around!

  • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

    Move over Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile isn’t messing around!

  • Vibrant Addict

    Freaking awesome!

  • Vibrant Addict

    Freaking awesome!

  • Anonymous

    That could probably double as new age electric warming underwear when it’s in your pocket.

  • Jonathan

    Not to be a Debbie-Downer again but these potential speeds are nice and all but it would be nice to have a diversified line-up of phones that can use these speeds. I’m tired of all the good phones going to the competition. (AT&T and Verizon.) Here’s hoping that the rumored HTC Pyramid will be one of the 1st super phones to come to Magenta.

    • Philliesgodson

      It did say “this same time NEXT YEAR”

    • Auser72

      You actually chose to be a “Debbie-Downer”, if that is the only thing you can gather to comment on with such great news. And for the record tmobile had just a diverse line of phones as the other carriers. And they have been very methodical to carry phones that actually utilizes their current technology.

    • TMOTECH

      We have 5 Phones that work on our HSPA+ network and ATT has one. How can you even compare.

      • danyyboy

        well how can i even compare? well lets see at&t has waaaaaaaaaaaaY more coverage than t-mobile ..

        • marthaahun

          i agree with danny boy t-mobile needs to expand there coverage before they get coo phones . whats the use of havin 5 hspa+ devices if once u go out to rural areas u get no service while at&t and verizon have service..

        • Anonymous

          ATT 4G service is not even officially up yet though and won’t be until sometime next month.

  • Sgt. Cell

    Can you surf and talk on T Mobile now? Real question, not being sarcastic. Does any T Mobile phone allow this?

    • Hurlamania

      All T-Mobile 3G and 4G phones can talk and surf and always have…

      • TMOFOSHO

        one of the inherent benefits of being a GSM network.

      • Jay

        Except for my original MT3G

        • Camille

          Not true. I have the original MT3G and surf and talk (simultaneously) all the time.

    • UC

      Well the Nokia e73 allows you to talk and browse as long as you are on 3g, Mytouch4g allows you to do that too sometimes, it all depends on what kind of coverage you have at that point. If you are connected to WIFI, you can also do that

    • Auser72

      Been doing for over two years now. From the time I bought my g1 phone until now on the mt4g.

    • TMOTECH

      All TMO phones allow Talking and surfing now. Even our old 2G phones. Unlike Verizon and Sprint

    • Beastly

      On 3G and HSPA+, yes. On EDGE and GPRS, no.

    • pantlesspenguin

      Heck, you could surf & talk on the old Sidekicks. I don’t know why AT&T has those commercials making it sound like they’re the ONLY network that supports simultaneous voice/data. It’s simply not true, and hasn’t been true for years.

  • Bigtsphoneblog

    I can see the new T-Mobile G3 having being the world’s first “5G” ™ phone and sporting this chipset.

  • Auser72

    So now you are talking about a real world average of 30-40 mbps. Awesome!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Faster then my home internet which only averages about 11mb.

  • Auser72

    So now you are talking about a real world average of 30-40 mbps. Awesome!!!!

  • Anonymous

    When my contract is up there should be some really interesting choices that include much faster speeds. Wow
    Stay thirsty my friends!

  • alex

    Can’t wait for Hspa/4G coverage where I live infer average 3-5mps without 4g

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    who needs over priced Verizon and their LTE…T-Mobile will always be faster because Verizon will never open up the speeds that they are capable of…Long Live T-Mobile!

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    meanwhile, only 1% will be lucky to use that speed… and most likely only at the renton, wa headquarters… sad thing is… im about an hour away from renton, wa and im still on E! wtf tmo?

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    meanwhile, only 1% will be lucky to use that speed… and most likely only at the renton, wa headquarters… sad thing is… im about an hour away from renton, wa and im still on E! wtf tmo?

  • eYe

    Yeah… that’s nice but can I get at least some real 3G speeds in Minneapolis suburbs? Not middle of nowhere neither, I’m only 8 miles away form Downtown, in the middle of everything and I still get less then 2mb down/1mb up. Phone shows me being connected to hspa+ network too, not 3g or edge. Got 5mb down once few months ago, never saw it again.

  • Anonymous

    Here is something for those of you who:

    Shop based on a device’s number only (e.g., the higher the mega-pixels, the better the camera must be; you insist on T-Mobile updating your G1 to Android 3.0; or to heck with Honeycomb, you want Ice Cream Sandwich),

    or

    Authoritatively say that currently-debuting technology is outdated because something better MIGHT come out ten months from now. You disregard, of course, that you don’t even know what the product is and that it’s a safe bet that no matter the product ten months from now there’s always something better hitting the market.

    Anyway, are you all ramped up about dual-core? Well, you can save your money. At MWC 2011 a few hours ago nvidia announced quad-core chipsets. Samples are in manufacturers hands and devices with quad-core are projected to show up in August-September 2011.

    http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/02/tegra-roadmap-revealed-next-chip-worlds-first-quadcore-mobile-processor/

    Reportedly, competitors Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are not slated to debut quad-core until 2012, at the earliest.

  • Anonymous

    Here is something for those of you who:

    Shop based on a device’s number only (e.g., the higher the mega-pixels, the better the camera must be; you insist on T-Mobile updating your G1 to Android 3.0; or to heck with Honeycomb, you want Ice Cream Sandwich),

    or

    Authoritatively say that currently-debuting technology is outdated because something better MIGHT come out ten months from now. You disregard, of course, that you don’t even know what the product is and that it’s a safe bet that no matter the product ten months from now there’s always something better hitting the market.

    Anyway, are you all ramped up about dual-core? Well, you can save your money. At MWC 2011 a few hours ago nvidia announced quad-core chipsets. Samples are in manufacturers hands and devices with quad-core are projected to show up in August-September 2011.

    http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/02/tegra-roadmap-revealed-next-chip-worlds-first-quadcore-mobile-processor/

    Reportedly, competitors Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are not slated to debut quad-core until 2012, at the earliest.

  • JustAPhoneUser

    All I can say is holy cra… Even if the real world speeds are only 10% of that we will have some very fast internet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    On capable devices expect the following range of “real world speeds…

    For:

    42Mbps = 10 to 15Mbps
    84Mbps = 20 to 30Mpps
    168Mbps= 60 to 70Mbps

  • Ntgaring

    I have a my touch 4g I already get speeds over 12 mbps. I also have a galaxy 4g and I consistently see speeds ranging from 17 to 19 mbps. So gfam what you just said is completely incorrect. I live in Indianapolis, it’s not new york, chicago or dc.