Altair Semiconductor and First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) announced the world’s first 3.5GHz LTE-enabled tablet — the Elija TF9300 9.7-inch Android tablet. The device connects to LTE networks using Altair’s newest single-mode LTE chipset, FourGee-3800/6300, which supports a very wide frequency band span between 700-3800MHz.
Elija TF9300 is a quad-core tablet equipped with a 9.7-inch IPS panel for ultra wide degree viewing angle, full 1080p video playback, 3.5GHz 4G LTE connectivity and USB OTG (on-the-go). It is powered by a Freescale Quad-Core 1.0 GHz processer, has 16GB of storage and an Android 4.3 OS.
As spectrum availability is becoming more limited globally, the 3.5GHz 4G LTE band is receiving increased attention. 3GPP defines 200MHz of contiguous TDD spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, offering a significantly higher number of deployable LTE channels than any other band.
- CPU: Freescale i.MX6 Quad-Core, 1.0GHz, ARM Cortex-A9 core architecture
- Storage: 16GB e.MMC NAND Flash
- Memory: DDR3, up to 1GB
- Display: 9.7-inch, IPS panel, 1024×768 resolution, Capacitive 10 points multi-touch screen
- Interface: Mini USB, mini HDMI, micro-SD slot, volume control, earphone jack, SIM card slot
- Wireless: 3.5G and 4G LTE Compliance, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 2.0MP camera (Front) and 2.0MP camera (Rear)
- Power Supply: Polymer battery 6400mAh, 5V 3A WM type adaptor
- Dimensions: 244.8 x 191.7 x 12.5 mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: Approx. ~685g (excluding 3.5G module)
- Sensors: G-sensor, E-compass, GPS receiver
About Wireless Spectrum (source About.com)
WiMax has not defined any one fixed band for its wireless signaling. Outside the U.S., WiMax products have conventionally targeted 3.5 GHz as that is an emerging standard for mobile broadband technologies generally. In the U.S., however, the 3.5 GHz band is mostly reserved for use by the government. WiMax products in the U.S. have typically utilized 2.5 GHz instead although various other ranges are also available. LTE providers in the U.S. intend to use a few different bands including 700 MHz (0.7 GHz).
Using higher signaling frequencies allows a wireless network to theoretically carry more data and thus potentially provide higher bandwidth. However, higher frequencies also tend to travel shorter distances (affecting the coverage area) and are more susceptible to wireless interference.