MWC 2016: Qualcomm powers telecom networks and devices

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Ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016), chipset maker Qualcomm announced several announcements today.

Samsung Electronics will utilize Qualcomm Technologies’ chipsets for its small cells and products supporting LTE in unlicensed spectrum designed to enhance the speed and capacity of mobile networks.

The Samsung LTE-U eFemto cell incorporates a Qualcomm FSM9955 chipset from Qualcomm Technologies. Samsung’s LTE-U eFemto cells can assist mobile operators for improving network performance in hotspots, venues and enterprise environments including offices, malls, hospitals and other public spaces and facilities.

Qualcomm FSM9955 chipset incorporates enhanced Carrier Sensing Adaptive Transmission (eCSAT) features for coexistence with Wi-Fi per the latest LTE-U Forum specifications released last October.

The Samsung LTE-U eFemto cell is designed to enable plug-and-play deployments with easier installation and a high capacity for both enterprises and operators. A single small cell unit can support three carriers of 20 MHz each, across both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, offering a peak download throughput up to 450Mbps.

Qualcomm Technologies will support hardware-backed biometric fingerprint authentication for Tencent’s WeChat mobile payment service. Users can use new fingerprint authentication, enabled by the Qualcomm Haven security platform’s authentication framework, to conduct online transactions on mobile devices using their fingerprint as the authentication method, instead of PIN codes or passwords.

Qualcomm Technologies is launching Qualcomm RF360 technologies that enhance its front-end solutions in premium and entry-level design tiers. These include 40 MHz enveloper tracker (QET4100), a multi-tier portfolio of antenna tuners and antenna switches (QAT2514, QAT2522) and a RF front-end power amplifier (PA) solution (QPA4373, QPA4351) purpose-built for the entry-level tier.

Qualcomm Technologies is expanding the ecosystem for its Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear platform with the addition of three new original device manufacturers (ODMs) such as Borqs, Compal Electronics and Infomark.

Qualcomm Technologies plans to demo some of its latest technologies for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. The live demos include milestones such as breaking the 1Gbps barrier with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, 4×4 LTE MIMO in a smartphone and several examples showcasing the future of LTE-based and 5G connectivity.

In addition, Qualcomm will preview Gigabit Class LTE speeds using its recently-announced Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. Gigabit Class LTE represents a major milestone for the mobile industry, with download speeds that are up to ten times as fast as first generation LTE devices, and up to 500 times those of early 3G devices.

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