Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 810 SoC will support Category 9 carrier aggregation, offering download speeds of up to 450Mbps.
The Snapdragon 810 will be the first processor from the manufacturer to support Cat 9 LTE-A and will feature a fully-integrated 64-bit CPU, matching the likes of Apple’s A7 processor.
The chip also features a multimode LTE-A modem capable of aggregating 3x20MHz spectrum in both the LTE FDD and TDD bands. It is backward-compatible with all major cellular 4G LTE technologies, including GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA/HSPA+.
Qualcomm said the 810 demonstrated downlink speeds of up to 450Mbps during field tests on commercial networks with various equipment companies.
It is due to launch commercially in early 2015.
Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm, said: “Qualcomm Technologies continues to be a leader in the mobile industry with commercialisation of the world’s leading modem technology, delivering fast and reliable cellular data connectivity solutions. This provides speedy application performance and feature richness across greater coverage areas enabled by LTE Category 9 connectivity.”
“With powerful processors like the Snapdragon 810, we look forward to continuing to drive LTE innovation in the high tier to ensure exceptional user experiences as mobile broadband demand grows.”
Qualcomm also recently unveiled its Gobi 9x45 LTE-A Cat 10 modem, which supports up to 3x60MHz carrier aggregation and integrated support for LTE Broadcast, VoLTE and LTE dual-SIM.
At the same time, the chipmaker announced was entering the server chip market, which it said represented a $15 billion (€12 billion) business opportunity between now and 2020.