Samsung has developed LTE modem technology for the company’s next-generation mobile processors that supports 6CA (carrier aggregation. The new technology has successfully achieved a maximum downlink speed of 1.2 gigabits per second (Gbps) — 20 percent faster than the Cat.16 modem in the Galaxy S8.
The Samsung says the speed boost is due to its support of six carrier aggregation (6CA), an achievement that it worked closely on with Japanese telecommunication measuring instrument provider Anritsu. The manufacture will start mass production of mobile processor adopting the new Cat.18 6CA-supported LTE modem technology by the end of this year.
By increasing the aggregation capability, the LTE modem technology will offer faster and stable data transfers. The technology supports 4*4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output, which multiplies antennas for stronger signal) and higher-order 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) scheme to maximize the data transfer rate. It may be capable of downloading an HD movie in 10 seconds with the technology.
Carrier aggregation is a technique that allows carriers to stitch together multiple blocks of wireless spectrum to provide subscribers with faster data transfer rates and stronger network performance. It’s an LTE-Advanced technology that will provide one of the bridges into the multi-gigabit 5G speeds of the future.
“With the increase of high-quality online content services, the demand for high-performance LTE modems continue to rise as well,” said Woonhaing Hur, Vice President of System LSI Protocol Development at Samsung Electronics. ” The 1.2Gbps maximum downlink speed with 6CA support highlights Samsung’s leading design capabilities and well-positions Samsung for the upcoming 5G era. ”