Qualcomm presents a new chip to improve 4G LTE service in your home

Qualcomm presents a new chip to improve 4G LTE service in your home
Having problems accessing a solid 4G LTE signal in your home? This past week,Qualcomm introduced the new FSM90xx SoC that is designed to be included in routers that bring Wi-Fi service to your home. The "small cell" technology used by the chip maker, reduces the coverage area of the cell towers to such a degree, that the signal can be used for indoor and neighborhood coverage.

The new FSM90xx SoC can also be used in a device that would be similar to a femtocell. These are used to improve the 3G coverage inside homes and buildings, mostly to improve voice calls for consumers receiving a signal that is too weak. The new chip will allow a similar service to be provided for 4G LTE signals.

Qualcomm said that it has removed a major problem in embedding a 4G LTE chip inside a Wi-Fi router, and that is interference. With the two living harmoniously in one device, it makes for a level playing field for those who want better 4G LTE coverage. It also could lead to more widespread coverage for Voice over LTE service, which allows consumers to make/take phone calls using their carrier's LTE pipeline. T-Mobile currently offers the service in Seattle while the mobile operator's customers have reported seeing VoLTE in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, California, Dallas and Houston.

source: CNET

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7 Comments

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I guess it ends up being simpler for Qualcomm to make a chip that will flood your home with LTE and cause a bit more cancer than it is for lazy telecoms to add support for WiFi calling.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Is there anything that doesn't give us cancer? This will help us in that currently I get around -120 to -129dBm for an LTE signal. When they do finally switch to VoLTE we'll still have voice service.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Is there anything that doesn't give us cancer?" Since the advent of the industrial age, not much.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

IIRC the newest cause of cancer is kittens.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I think the latest study determined that it is the girlfriend you got the kittens with that is the actual cause of the cancer.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lol'd +1

10. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Not in California

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