Broadcom shows off the smallest LTE-Advanced modem yet

Broadcom shows off the smallest LTE-Advanced modem yet
Just yesterday, there was some concern that LTE-Advanced modems, while adding a whole lot of speed to your mobile device (assuming a capable network), would also be adding some bulk. This will surely happen, but luckily, technology always finds a way to get smaller and smaller, and today Broadcom proved that trend by showing off the world's smallest LTE-Advanced modem yet.

The new modem is the Broadcom BCM21892, which is aiming to really put some pressure on the competition, especially Qualcomm. The BCM21892 is planned for use in top-of-the-line smartphones and tablets, combining a full cellular baseband with a world-band radio, and all at a size 35% smaller than the competition. 

In addition to the smaller size, the modem will offer LTE speeds up to 150Mbps (on networks that can handle it), as well as Voice over LTE (VoLTE). The big news there is that Broadcom claims the modem will be able to offer VoLTE services that use 40% less power than a WCDMA call. That's big news for those of us looking to ditch the old standard for voice calls and move to full VoIP networks (like the fabled Google Wireless carrier). 

The bad news is that we shouldn't expect to see this modem in devices until 2014, when it hits full production. So, Qualcomm and other mobile modem makers have some time to catch up. 

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5 Comments

1. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Watchout Qualcomm!!

2. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

More competition, cheaper products!

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Ahh, there we go. I knew that Broadcom were going to bring some big guns. This is one hell of a shot across everyone's bow. Broadcom is looking to get in on the advanced market, which is great as they can build some great hardware for communication.

5. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Almost every router has a Broadcom chip in it so I'm expecting good/ great things from them on the mobile device front. Hopefully soon we'll have powerful phones that can last as long as an old flip phone.

4. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

well there goes that 5GB limit in a nano second,, good bye verzion, good by ATT, you wana bet these greedy carries wont enlarge that 5gb to maybe 10gb w/out a price increase!

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