Samsung Announces Cat.18 6CA LTE Modem

After announcing the Exynos 9 Series SoC along with the 8895 chipset earlier this year, Samsung mentioned its new LTE modem. The company’s Cat.16 LTE modem used in the Exynos 8895 chipset supported for 5 carrier aggregation (CA). The modem could help the chip theoretically get a maximum download speed of 1.0Gbps in case it was connected to the proper LTE towers.

Today, the company has taken a further step as they announced their new Cat.18 LTE modem, including improved carrier aggregation as well. Instead of 5CA, this new chip will support 6CA and increase 20% in download speeds. So again, if everything is true as the statement then this new LTE modem will be capable of getting 1.2Gbps, which allows you download a movie with HD resolution in 10 seconds.

For those who are unaware, Carrier Aggregation in these LTE modems will combine all component carriers with different bandwidths. This will increase the upload and download speeds as well as an overall network performance. 5CA allowed for 5 different carrier bandwidths while this figure with 6CA is 6. This new technology also includes the support for 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) as well as a higher-order 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) in order to maximize the data transfer rate.

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However, this won’t mean those in the United States as wireless carriers here are only aggregating three LTE channels at present. Sprint did promise four carrier aggregation next year. This new Cat.18 LTE modem is expected to start mass producing by the end of this year. Although the date is still unclear, it seems that it will not be integrated into a new smartphone until next year.

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