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!
MDM8225 Chipset to Support HSPA+ Release 9 Data Rates of up to 84 Mbps
BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 14, 2011 – Qualcomm 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.
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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.