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Mobile IC vendors prep LTE product roadmaps

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? communications? 4G? mobile handset?

LTE is shaping to be an evolutionary communications platform and become the dominant 4G technology but its deployment will be gradual and protracted. Nevertheless, chipset manufacturers, such as Broadcom, Infineon and Qualcomm, have established LTE product development plans, according to market research firm In-Stat. Further, market entrants, including companies such as Altair Semiconductor, Beceem, BitWave, Comsys, Sequans and Wavesat, are hoping the shift to LTE opens new opportunity.

"Leading 3G baseband chipsets providers will not necessarily keep their leadership in LTE," says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. "The changes in platforms and technologies are disruptive enough to create major competitive shifts."

The report also forecasts that by 2013, the total value of global end-use device silicon will exceed $2 billion, but still be early in the growth cycle. Much of the success in silicon will be made in low-noise amplifiers, power amplification, analog-to-digital conversion, SAW filters, and battery-life.

In addition, LTE RF solutions will have to have transceiver diversity because many different channel spectra will have to be supported. Most devices entering the LTE market will be dual-mode. The "LTE-dedicated" silicon BOM for mobile handsets will be slightly over US$125 in 2011 and decline by nearly 30 percent by 2013.

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