With LTE networks fast on their way, it’s no surprise to hear that Motorola has a TD-LTE USB adapter in the works. In an announcement out today about the upcoming World Expo 2010 in Shanghai China, Motorola threw in a note that it will launch the world’s first TD-LTE USB dongle at the show. The dongle/adapter will support both 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands, and will be on hand for demonstrations of high-bandwidth video streaming at the event.
I have no images of the LTE USB adapter yet, so I dug into the archives for photos of the in-progress WiMAX USB adapter. Below on the left is an early prototype, followed by a photo of the version I have today, followed by a pic of the next-gen product due out this quarter.
As a reminder of Motorola’s ongoing LTE work, here are some recent milestones and points of interest for context:
- Motorola demonstrated the first over-the-air LTE transmission in the 700 MHz frequency band last year
- Motorola demonstrated the first ever live TV broadcast over an LTE network in August
- Motorola has an end-to-end TD-LTE solution that includes its award-winning evolved packet core (EPC including MME and GW) and radio access network (RAN), as well as user equipment (UE)
- Motorola is the first company in the industry to achieve optimal peak throughput for TD-LTE in both lab and field environments
- Motorola is engaged with several global tier-one operators on TD-LTE trials starting in Q4 2009