Qualcomm Gobi LTE Modem Powers SoftBank Mobile Router

Qualcomm’s Gobi LTE modem, the MDM9215, has been implemented in the SoftBank 102Z, a new mobile broadband router for Japan.

The device, designed by ZTE, represents the second generation of Gobi-powered LTE products from SoftBank Mobile and features MDM9x15 chipsets built on the 28nm manufacturing process. The MDM9x15 chipset, which is part of Qualcomm’s Gobi family of modems, offers several gains to device manufactures. Qualcomm’s design and optimisations in the MDM9x15 chipset allowed ZTE to launch the product with SoftBank Mobile only two months.

The MDM9x15 chipset uses 30 percent less power and enables product designs with 30 percent less printed circuit board area, allowing for smaller and thinner form factors, while its multimode capacity enables connectivity between LTE TDD and DC-HSDPA networks. The MDM9x15 chipset features an integrated application processor that allows OEMs to develop and integrate value-added services, including hotspot functionality when the mobile access point feature is used.

In the case of the SoftBank 102Z, a mobile broadband router was fully implemented in connection with the chipset, allowing for 3G/LTE connectivity to be shared by up to ten devices via Wi-Fi.

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