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Dish Network, Qualcomm team up on Snapdragon S4 chips for hybrid satellite / cellular mobiles

Dish Network, Qualcomm team up on Snapdragon S4 chips for hybrid satellite / cellular mobiles

Qualcomm’s dual-core Krait S4 MSM8960 processors have already found friends in Samsung’s Galaxy S III and HTC’s One X thanks to their integrated support for 3G/LTE, and now Dish Network has announced it’s working to use them in devices for its future network. According to the press release (included after the break), the new satellite air interface tech developed by Qualcomm called Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL), and will allow Dish to support “mobile handsets and other devices” in both terrestrial and satellite modes on the 2GHz / AWS-4 band. Of course, it’s moving forward on this tech even while we wait to hear about the FCC rulings in play before it can launch LTE service, but if/when it does arrive there’s a chance we could see satellite-boosted superphones sooner rather than later.


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