Qualcomm has just pulled the wraps off of the RF360 LTE chip. What exactly does it do? Well, it is the first 4G LTE chip ever made to support every variation of LTE on the planet.
It provides connectivity for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks. Meaning that consumers and manufacturers, will both benefit; consumers can keep their SIM cards when traveling with their fully global smartphones and manufacturers can produce just one phone, that ships everywhere. Initial shipments of the RF360 will begin in the second half of 2013 for smartphones coming out during the launch and after.