World's thinnest LTE chip might make your next AT&T 4G LTE tablet Phat

World's thinnest LTE chip might make your next AT&T 4G LTE tablet Phat
Sierra Wireless has introduced the thinnest 4G LTE chip. Weighing in at 2.5mm (to mix a metaphor) the AirPrime EM7700 is 2mm thinner than the previous record holder. That means that the AirPrime EM7700 is 44% thinner than the next thinnest chip. There is one caveat, though, the chip was designed to work only on AT&T's brand of 4G LTE and supports Qualcomm's Gobi 4G modem. The chip is expected to start shipping during the last few weeks of the Spring.

In addition to cutting the fat, Sierra Wireless has also sliced off the chip's support for EDGE which means that it is LTE/HSPA+ enabled only. Not that too many of you would miss EDGE anyway save for those ancient warriors still rocking the OG Apple iPhone. Ah, but we digress. The Air Prime EM7700 is expected to see use in Windows 8 flavored ultrabooks and tablets. If you see smaller designs for such AT&T LTE enabled devices, now you will know the reason why.

source: SierraWireless via Engadget

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7 Comments

1. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I could see Apple using this in their next iPhone for At&t just to make it thinner and different than the other carriers iPhones.

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

nice, i can see them placing this in the Note 2 or future tablets. I can see that AT&T is trying to take away "#1 carrier" from Verizon The art of competition.........and I love it lol

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

all I want to know is if this can be made to work with all chips and frequencies so we can get around QC's domination of LTE/HSPA+ in america and start getting big boy processors again.

4. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Anyone else think this is kind of a distasteful picture to post for this article? Maybe I'm a little too sensative...

5. jordannike2012

Posts: 9; Member since: May 18, 2012

Obviously your Obviously right :]

6. Alan01

Posts: 611; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

The picture is of 60's British Supermodel Twiggy, who was the epitome of the Swinging British scene of the time. She was not an anorexic model nor was she ever involved in dietary hijinks. The use of her image for the story is meant to convey the thin dimensions of the new Sierra Wireless LTE chip

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

(in a horrible austin powers accent) "yea baby, yea! groovy!" :) why is a picture of Twiggy upsetting? lol

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