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Chipmaker announces that Snapdragon 810 will support superfast 4G LTE Category 9 download speeds of up to 450 Mbps

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has revealed that its forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor will be able to provide a huge improvement in superfast internet download speeds.

The company has announced that the new processor, which will begin appearing in devices from early next year, will support Category 9 LTE Carrier Aggregation connectivity, meaning that devices packing the chip will be able to experience download speeds of up to 450Mbps, a significant upgrade from the current market highs of around 300Mbps.

Qualcomm says that the new chip will also provide quicker application performance and improved power efficiency, and is its first to support both a fully-integrated 64-bit multicore ARM CPU and LTE-Advanced multimode modem.

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“Qualcomm Technologies continues to be a leader in the mobile industry with commercialisation of the world’s leading modem technology, delivering fast and reliable cellular data connectivity solutions,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

“With powerful processors like the Snapdragon 810, we look forward to continuing to drive LTE innovation in the high tier to ensure exceptional user experiences as mobile broadband demand grows.”

The Snapdragon 810 first appeared in a series of mobile development platform devices sent out to developers and manufacturers last month to provide a first impression of the chip. Both a 6.2-inch smartphone and a 10.1-inch tablet were sent out, signifying the potential markets Qualcomm sees the chip supporting in the future.

Asides from its traditional strong position in the mobile market, Qualcomm has also been making a significant play for the Internet of Things space recently as more and more devices get connected. In October, the company announced it was spending $2.5bn (£1.56bn) on British firm CSR, a specialist in developing Bluetooth technology.

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