When it comes to LTE chipsets for phones and tablets one of the biggest problems is having enough radios to support all the different frequency bands carriers use. For example, this is the reason that your iPhone 5 on Verizon will not work on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, they both use different LTE frequency bands. Qualcomm is now trying to solve the issue with their new RF360 mobile chip which supports global LTE including: LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM / EDGE.
If you count up all the different radio bands available there are roughly 40 different LTE bands and the new chipset will enhance battery life, antenna performance and connection reliability. QualComm also unveiled the WTR1625L chip that will be an industry first support carrier aggregation including international LTE support. If you’re anxious for a globally capable LTE handset that supports all LTE bands you can expect the RF360 to arrive on the shelves towards the second half of 2013.