Qualcomm’s board may be busy dealing with rival chipmaker Broadcom’s hostile takeover attempt but for the rest of the company, it is business as usual. On Wednesday, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, the company’s eighth generation LTE multimode modem and its third generation Gigabit LTE offering.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is said to be the first Category 20 LTE modem to support speeds of up to 2 Gbps. It supports up to 7x carrier aggregation in the downlink as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers for a theoretical total of up to 20 concurrent LTE streams. In the uplink, Snapdragon X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3×20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM.