Qualcomm Nears Utopia with Latest Transceiver

14 Oct 2014

​Qualcomm recently started shipping the world’s first 28nm transceiver: the WTR3925. The transceiver boasts a number of significant firsts in the industry:

  1. First 28nm transceiver
  2. First transceiver to integrate 2G, 3G, 4G, diversity, and carrier aggregation
  3. Highest input receiver
  4. Smallest Qualcomm transceiver

“The WTR3925 is a bit of a departure for Qualcomm,” comments James Mielke, VP of Engineering for ABI Research. “Prior generations were not necessarily the most efficient use of silicon, but the WTR3925 is both a technical marvel and efficient design. Qualcomm has always been the technology leader but this design puts it at the forefront of technology and silicon area efficiency.”

The WTR3925 represents the third generation LTE-A transceiver solution from Qualcomm and was released within just 12 months of the first generation. It is clear Qualcomm is doing everything possible to promote carrier aggregation. The area for the WTR3925 is 1/4 the size of generation one and 1/3 the size of generation two. “Expect to see the WTR3925 and 28nm derivatives to dominate the market in 2015,” adds Mielke.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Teardowns Services Market Research.

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