Qualcomm on Thursday unveiled a radio chip aimed at greatly reducing fragmentation among makers of Long-Term Evolution phones. In reaching out to a new market with its RF360, Qualcomm is trying to enable a global phone that can support LTE radio transmissions in a greater range of frequencies so that handsets do not need to be so region-specific. Qualcomm said the chip can support up to 40 frequency bands, enough to handle the global range. One analyst termed the development a "bombshell" for Qualcomm's rivals, but phone-makers will have to equip their devices with new RF technology before LTE phones can become truly universal.

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