Paying attention to basebands is something that really has become one of our niches. So much of a smartphone's design is entirely rooted in requirements around what air interfaces it has to operate with, and there's always a delicate balancing act between the OEMs, carriers, and silicon vendors all wanting different things. If you can predict the constrains, you can largely predict the choices, and out fall the handsets themselves. At last year's MWC, Qualcomm announced MDM9x25, the spiritual successor to MDM9x00, which we've seen in a huge number of 4G LTE devices - everything from data cards to hotspots to smartphones. Whereas MDM9x00 was a 45nm design, MDM9x25 is a 28nm design just like MDM9x15, and includes support for just about every air interface...

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