QUALCOMM Expects Commercialization of EVDO Rev B in 2007
- Next Evolution of EV-DO Triples Wireless Bandwidth
LAS VEGAS, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM - News), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today unveiled more of the Company's strategy for driving CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision B to market. Still on schedule for commercialization in 2007, QUALCOMM's chipset solutions for the EVDO Rev. B standard will support unsurpassed wireless data rates to provide the springboard for delivering next-generation wireless data, music, gaming and multimedia entertainment devices.
"Consumers want devices that are smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper, as well as fully featured and with longer battery life," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "We are committed to enabling our customers to meet these market demands, rapidly moving forward in the evolution of CDMA2000 technology to bring unprecedented levels of data throughput and network capacity with EV-DO Rev. B - capabilities that are necessary to support tomorrow's high-performance wireless applications."
Mobile Station Modem(TM) (MSM(TM)) solutions for EVDO Rev B will be highly integrated with advanced functionality, support the operation of up to three simultaneous channels of 1.25 MHz each for higher-speed data rates and deliver significant space-savings for devices that are thinner, smaller and lighter. The EVDO Rev. B standard supports up to 4.9 Mbps in each channel for a combined three-channel data speed of up to 14.7 Mbps on the downlink. With the processing power necessary for true multi-tasking capabilities that support the convergence of multiple consumer electronics features, and the ability to leverage the wireless bandwidth required to deliver these mobile services, QUALCOMM's chipsets for EV-DO Rev. B will deliver advanced functionality in a single compact, fully optimized device. QUALCOMM expects the first commercial EV-DO Rev B products to be data modems available in late 2007, with additional wireless devices available soon thereafter.
EV-DO Rev. B. technology is part of the Company's DO Multicarrier Multilink eXtensions (DMMX(TM)) platform, a set of technology and product innovations announced in November 2005. Enabling applications such as mobile TV or streaming music with a concurrent voice call, or conducting a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) conversation while simultaneously browsing the Internet or transmitting multimedia content over the network, the flexibility of EV-DO Rev. B technology also enables significant network capacity and performance enhancements while leveraging existing network investments and currently deployed devices. Extremely high-performance devices could support forward-link data rates of up to 73.5 Mbps, while lower-cost or pre-existing devices could support 4.9 Mbps. Network operators may reduce their costs by allowing a greater percentage of spectrum to be allocated to IP-based services. The DMMX platform also includes numerous QUALCOMM-developed techniques to further enhance the voice and data performance of EVDO networks.
Here is what we learned about EVDO Rev B from Qualcomm today at CTIA 2007, March 29, 2007
Software only upgrade for EVDO Rev A Towers
Requires new chipset for PC Cards (EVDO Rev A cannot be upgraded - you need a new card)
Available to carriers later this year, could be later 2008/2009 before available?
Current EVDO Rev A has a maximum of 3.1Mbps, Rev B uses 3 channels to achieve the 3X speeds (or 9.3Mbps).
Verizon or Sprint have not yet announced they are going to Rev B (yet).
In a demo we saw, streaming of 8.7Mbps - 9.0Mbps was constant