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Category 9 Carrier Aggregation Speeds Onto Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 For Enhanced LTE Speeds

December 11, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Qualcomm’s next generation processor, the Snapdragon 810, is set to make its debut in products this coming Spring. That’s the first really big chipset for 2015 and it’s set to really shake up the market in a number of ways.  First of all this puppy is Qualcomm’s first octo-core processor, which spells big news for the performance-based crown. Next it’s a 64-bit processor and Qualcomm’s first big 64-bit processor at that, and will be taking full advantage of all the 64-bit goodness found within Android 5.0 Lollipop. Last but not least Qualcomm has ramped up the communications sector of the chipset, meaning all your wireless communications will be faster and more efficient than ever.

Back in October Qualcomm took the wraps off a new technology it calls WiGig, a new wireless protocol that’s rated at transferring 7 Gigabits per second (Gbps). That’s nearly 1 Gigabite per second if you’re not following the math. That’s considerably faster than anything we’ve got in our homes right now, and it’s something that’s going to power the next-generation of media streaming within homes without a doubt. Now Qualcomm is attempting to beef up your regular over-the-air cellular data too with Category 9 Carrier Aggregation, a new technology for LTE modems that brings the speed up to a whopping 450 Mbps.

Right now LTE-Advanced speeds can theoretically run up to 300 Mbps, which is a rather ridiculous 37.5 megabites per second over LTE. That’s not likely to be reached in any sort of real-world situation but bringing up the total maximum theoretical throughput boosts everyone’s speed even if they don’t reach the heights of what’s possible with the technology. Qualcomm has been able to test and reach the new theoretical rate of 450 Mbps using 3x20MHz aggregation which could also help in boosting overall signal strength and speed.  This new modem is also backwards compatible with existing LTE, WDCMA, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, GSM, CDMA, EDGE and EVDO, so you’re likely to see a difference no matter what carrier you’re on so long as they support the advanced LTE standards that Qualcomm is pushing. US Carriers have been building out more advanced LTE networks but we’re not seeing those sorts of speeds outside of a few higher tech-soaked countries like South Korea, where LTE-Advanced has been a thing for a while now. Time will tell what this does for customers in general, but it’s great to see this getting pushed forward!