With more than 40 RF cell bands currently used in the world, manufacturers would have to develop multiple versions of each LTE device.
The Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution allows them to develop a single smartphone that supports all bands and consumes less energy.
The RF360 is a LTE chip capable of operating with all the frequency bands used 4G LTE, combining GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, LTE, etc.
The chipset’s TD-SCDMA operation is likely to be of interest to the world’s largest cellular provider, China Mobile, which would boost Apple’s iPhone sales in the country.
LTE fragmentation has been one of the major problems of iPhone 5 as the smartphone has been released in three variants in order to run on LTE networks in the U.S. and Europe or Asia.
The future iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 could overcome this problem thanks to the new LTE baseband chip developed by Qualcomm.
The availability of the chip has been announced for the second half of 2013.