A little over a month ago, Qualcomm flew me out to San Diego to talk all about cellular modem, specifically their baseband lineup, testing, and later their RF and transceiver in what would become their largest RF disclosure ever. In the past few years, we’ve made considerable headway getting SoC vendors to disclose details on the CPU and GPU side of their products, and mobile enthusiasts now are starting to become increasingly cognizant of the SoC inside devices, and in turn the blocks inside that SoC. In a short term the industry as a whole went from smartphones largely being impenetrable black boxes to devices with understandable platforms inside. The days of an OEM not disclosing what SoC was inside a device at all...
A while back we speculated that Apple would use Qualcomm's 28nm MDM9615 basband for future iDevices with 4G LTE. The part made logical sense at the time, in part...18 by Brian Klug on 3/8/2012
Paying attention to basebands is something that really has become one of our niches. So much of a smartphone's design is entirely rooted in requirements around what air interfaces...4 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012
For a considerable time now, almost everyone has referred to Qualcomm's Gobi solution incorrectly. Put simply, the Gobi brand was something of a victim of both the confusing reality...5 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012
We've spent a long time testing Verizon's first 4G LTE enabled smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt. We're finally ready with the complete review. It's got the fastest cellular connectivity around...71 by Brian Klug on 4/27/2011
2011 is going to be a year dominated by fourth generation network everything—handsets, portable hotspots, datacards, and news of networks lighting up in each regional market. There’s a veritable...31 by Brian Klug on 4/27/2011