The integrated LTE modem will support the latest wireless technologies, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. No 64-bit ARM chip yet has an integrated LTE modem, with Apple offering a separate LTE modem on its iPhone 5S. MediaTek is expected to release a 64-bit ARM-based chip with integrated LTE. Integrated LTE modems save space, are more power-efficient and help reduce the size of a mobile device.
The integrated communications processor in the Snapdragon 610 and 615 are based on Qualcomm's RF360 Front End solution, which supports major LTE bands and modes worldwide, the company said. Support for more LTE bands will allow phones and tablets to work with more wireless carriers, whose LTE networks are built on different bands and spectrums. The chipset also supports 3G technologies such as HSPA+, CDMA, and TD-SCDMA, which is widely used in China.
Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon 801 processor, which is an incremental upgrade from the 32-bit 800 chip that started shipping last year. The processor is faster, renders better graphics, and has wireless enhancements with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and more LTE bands. The Snapdragon 801 processors are targeted at high-end mobile devices.