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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