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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Samsung takes on Qualcomm Snapdragons with new LTE-capable Exynos ModAP SoC

Samsung has announced a new Exynos ModAP SoC (System on Chip) that features a built in 4G LTE radio. The chip features a quad-core processor, unlike the Exynos 5 chips that offer 8 cores.
While Samsung has been touting its quad- and octo-core Exynos processors for some time now, they've recently been relegated to 3G-only smartphones or WiFi tablets due to a lack of integrated LTE.
ModAP is the company’s first SoC with on-die LTE integration, which will allow the South Korean major to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, which was the only chip maker to include an LTE radio on its SoCs.
The ModAP is a 3GPP Release 9, Cat-4 LTE chip which is capable of supporting it at both duplex mode, FDD and TDD, in addition to legacy 2G and 3G mobile interfaceswhich brings carrier aggregation and 150Mbps potential speeds as well. The built-in Image Signal Processor (ISP) is slightly underwhelming, capable of supporting an 8MP sensor and 1080p video at 30fps.