Qualcomm is popular for its processors powering smartphones. What most people don’t know is that Qualcomm chips also power radio based signals. Recently, we learned that the company is unveiling the Toq smartwatch.
The company won’t be releasing its own smartphone but soon, any smartphone you buy will be powered by Qualcomm. Not just the processor but the whole thing. Why, Qualcomm is reportedly considering entering the RF components game.
Soon enough, Qualcomm would be competing with the likes of RF Micro Devices, Avago Technologies, and Skyworks. Qualcomm’s first offering is the RF360 that promises support for more LTE bands and uses less power and space. It has since been used for the Galaxy Note 3 and Nexus 5 as envelope tracker while Nokia used its antenna tuner for the Lumia 1520.
The RF360 also features a 3D circuit–the RF Pop–which can support 40 2G, 3G and LTE bands when used with a Qualcomm baseband chip. This will be used on phones due to be released later this 2014. A total Qualcomm-powered phone? Now that’s something to look forward to.
< Source: GigaOM >