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There has been an increased demand for 3G cell phones that support multiple bands of operation and are backward compatible with the 2G/2.5G standard to provide coverage where 3G networks have not yet been fully deployed. The transceiver design for such a handset becomes complicated with the need for separate transceivers for 3G and 2G/2.5G or for multiple inter-stage receive / transmit SAW filters. A single-chip transceiver that operates as a multimode multiband radio and eliminates the inter-stage receive/transmit SAW filters is presented. The transceiver has 7 primary and 4 diversity bands in WCDMA, and quad band in GSM. The transceiver is designed to operate in any of the UTRA bands 1 to 10, with the exception of band 7. It supports HSDPA (Cat 1-12), HSUPA (Cat 1-6), EGPRS (Classes 1-12, 30-39), and compressed mode of EGPRS / WCDMA operation. The transceiver is compliant with 3G DigRF interface 3.09.