Semiconductor behemoth Qualcomm has released a new chipset as part of its Gobi family of mobile broadband modems.
The fifth generation chip supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE on FDD and TDD networks worldwide and embedded GPS capability, plus HSPA+ and EV-DO, thus providing the widest support in the market yet.
Qualcomm noted in a press release that the chip is compatible with leading operating systems such as Windows 8 and Android, which hints at a possible tablet or smartphone based on the forthcoming Microsoft operating system.
Gobi v5 also works hand in hand with Qualcomm's own Snapdragon dual and quad core processors and, surprise, surprise, with x86 platforms; but there could be more.
As 9to5mac notes, the chipset could well be powering the next iPhone 5 or even the forthcoming iPad 3, which would allow Apple to release either device worldwide rather than having different iterations for multiple territories and network operators.
Apple has been a loyal user of Qualcomm chipsets for all its iPad and iPhone products except for the AT&T iPad, and there's no apparent reason why Qualcomm would not power Apple's first 4G LTE mobile devices.