Samsung has developed a new LTE modem technology for its next-gen mobile processors which support 6CA (carrier aggregation). "By increasing the aggregation capability from the previous model's five bandwidths to six, the new LTE modem technology will offer faster yet more stable data transfers". The new technology is rated to offer peak downlink speed of up to 1.2Gbps. Its Cat.16 LTE modem not only supports 1Gbps downloads but is also the industry's first with 5CA (carrier aggregation). However, with the new technology coming into the market, carriers will possibly tighten their belts and start testing 6CA speeds to bring them into the market soon.
The modem will go into mass production by the end of the year.
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In addition to the improved speeds, the modem also supports 4×4 MIMO and higher-order 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) scheme. Unless roadmaps change drastically, none of the US carriers will support six carrier aggregation in time for the next iPhone or the Galaxy S9.
By utilizing enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) that can aggregate licensed and unlicensed spectra, the technology allows telecommunications operators to make fuller use of their equipment.
Woonhaing Hur, Vice President of System LSI Protocol Development at Samsung Electronics, said: "With the increase of high-quality online content services, the demand for high-performance LTE modems continue to rise as well".