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Taking the Complexity out of LTE Radio Front End Designs; Qualcomm offers Smartphone OEMs Pre-Baked RFFE SolutionsJuly 23, 2018As the smartphone industry passes its decade-long run being the most popular consumer electronics of all time, the market is beginning to see signs of maturation and slowdown. Smartphone OEMs are now competing on innovations in form factor (i.e. the move to larger and bezel-less displays), cameras (i.e. biometric sensors and computational photography) as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) services...
Integration and Technology Innovation Provide Opportunity and Drive Mobile RF Front End to new HighsAugust 10, 2017The smartphone is one of the most widespread and versatile devices in the modern world. It has gained immense popularity over the past decade, and now acts as a primary interface with the digital world. In some cases...
Can Xiaomi Surge with its own SoC?March 01, 2017At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with Xiaomi’s recent announcement of the Mi 5c, the company announced a milestone with the inclusion of its own “in-house” SoC, the Surge S1. The development of its own SoC may help improve Xiaomi’s IP position and unlock increased sales potential for its smartphones.Subscribers Only
After a weak first quarter, where is the wireless semiconductor market headed?July 07, 2016The first three months of 2016 have been more challenging than normal for wireless semiconductor suppliers. While the first quarter is typically a seasonally down period for the industry, the first three months of 2016 have...
Scaling LTE Advanced Beyond Carrier Aggregation; Exploring New Terrains with 4x4 MIMOJune 29, 2016Long Term Evolution, as the LTE acronym is derived from, is an apt description of this constantly evolving wireless 4th generation (4G) technology platform. The goal of evolving existing 4G wireless technology is to produce an ever more efficient wireless data transport given limits of available spectrum, signaling schemes and the laws of physics. As advances in LTE and now LTE-A have pushed wireless transmission to the limits of Shannon-Hartley theorem, we must turn to other, non-RF (radio frequency) approaches to achieve gains. Beyond the dimensions of frequency, coding and time in LTE, we now turn our attention to leveraging the spatial dimension to further evolve and improve LTE performance.Subscribers Only
Trade sanction ordeal likely to spur ZTE’s internal mobile chipset effortsApril 19, 2016Two weeks after the US Commerce Department placed trade sanctions on ZTE over allegedly skirting US export controls laws (see US trade restrictions could be disastrous for ZTE’s smartphone business), a 3-month temporary lift of the sanction was put in place after “active” and “constructive” talks with the US government.Subscribers Only
Key LTE Advanced Features Paving the Path Toward Gigabit SpeedsApril 01, 2016LTE enabled smartphones made up only 1 in 4 new devices shipped back in 2013. By 2015, that percentage share soared to over half of all new smartphones shipped globally. In fact, LTE is arguably the most successful generational wireless technology having just been commercialized in late 2009 and evolved to capture the majority of the market for new handsets today.Subscribers Only
China’s increased importance among leading handset core IC vendorsNovember 16, 2015Quarter after quarter, the smartphone market continues to be dominated by Apple and Samsung as the two combined to ship over 35% of the smartphones in the second quarter this year. While this is a considerable portion of the market, the two leaders have seen their collective share...
Carrier Aggregation: Nowhere to Go but Up!October 01, 2015Up until now, this series has focused primarily on the downlink side of carrier aggregation (CA) as we explored what CA is, how it is currently deployed and what is available now. The downlink side is also how the industry has...
Vertical integration strategy at handset OEMs rattles semiconductor suppliersAugust 19, 2015Along with its earnings for the third fiscal quarter 2015, Qualcomm announced a strategic realignment plan which included a reduction in spending of $1.4 billion. Of the total spending reduction, $1.1 billion will come from...Subscribers Only
Carrier Aggregation: Adoption Running on all CylindersJuly 30, 2015As mentioned in the previous article in this series, there are multiple levels of carrier aggregation or CA which enable different categories of LTE user equipment (UE) capability. Typically, the higher the level of CA...
Carrier Aggregation: Making the Whole Greater than the Sum of its PartsMay 14, 2015Five years after the initial commercial launch of Long Term Evolution, the latest 4th generation cellular technology supporting fully mobile connectivity from devices such as smartphones and tablets, it is clear that consumer demand for faster and lower latency connectivity is far from ...
The Supply-Side Implications of Samsung’s Exclusive use of 14nm Exynos AP in Upcoming Galaxy S6March 26, 2015Samsung stole the show at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Spain, as the smartphone industry bellwether unveiled a pair of Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones on March 1st. The Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge represented...Subscribers Only
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon gobbles up Gobi amidst intensifying competition for chipset supremacyFebruary 24, 2015On Wednesday Qualcomm announced a re-branding of its thin-modem product line, incorporating those products under the Snapdragon umbrella, a marked shift away from the former Gobi branding. The company has also announced 4 new processors to address various price points in between the premium and entry-level product tiers...Subscribers Only
3G/4G Handset Globalization Through LocalizationOctober 13, 2014In the previous introductory article of this series, IHS outlined an overview of how device OEMs might utilize cellular reference platform designs and how to assess them to select the best platform for a given set of design objectives. In that article, the OEMs objective was...
3G/4G Reference Platforms: Not Just ChipsetsJune 04, 2014Having surpassed the 50% adoption rate 2 years ago, smartphones, across all tiers, are forecasted by IHS to represent over 3/4ths of all phones shipped this year. By 2017, 9 out of every 10 mobile phones will be smartphones. It is clear that smartphones are...
LTE advanced: Running is easier after learning how to walkMay 08, 2014In the previous article of this series, IHS explored the intricacies of designing and commercializing LTE modem solutions. Even supporting what some might call “basic” LTE presented technical challenges as well as opportunities for...
All men are created equal: Not so with LTE modemsDecember 24, 2013Supporting the latest 4th Generation cellular air interface technology known as Long Term Evolution or LTE might be the latest must have on a core chipset supplier’s price list. However, simply being able to claim LTE support, meeting 3GPP requirements or even passing mobile network operator certification does not necessarily translate to the same consumer experience in the end. These certifications and requirements do represent at least a minimum acceptable level of capability but do not always assess the presence of any further optimizations and innovations.Subscribers Only
Qualcomm 64 bit LTE processor aimed at high volume smartphonesDecember 20, 2013On December 9th Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 410 chipset aimed at high volume mobile devices. The new chipset is part of Qualcomm’s 400 product segment which is aimed at mid-range and high volume smartphones...Subscribers Only
End of an Era for Qualcomm. Or is it?December 13, 2013Qualcomm has just recently announced that Dr. Paul Jacobs will be stepping down as CEO and effective immediately, Steve Mollenkopf will be promoted from his current role as President and COO to CEO. On March 4, 2014, Paul Jacobs will then assume the role of Executive Chairman.Subscribers Only