New Qualcomm Chip Promises Gigabit Wireless Speeds

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced Thursday a new wireless modem chip that promises gigabit download speeds for new smartphones.

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The company said its Snapdragon X16 LTE modem will deliver fiber-optic level LTE Category 16 download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

“In addition to serving as a significant milestone for the mobile industry, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is a powerful testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ continued technology leadership in all things wireless,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of the Qualcomm subsidiary.

Qualcomm said the new chip blurs the lines between wired and wireless broadband and supports growing data consumption by consumer devices.

The company also introduced three next-generation Snapdragon smartphone processors — the Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 — and the Snapdragon Wear platform for wearable computing devices. Qualcomm said Snapdragon processors already power the majority of Android smartwatches.

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