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Impressive Data Speed Gains Put Chicago in a Promising Position as 5G Nears, IHS Markit RevealsJune 11, 2019Chicago made news as one of the first 5G-enabled cities in the world when Verizon launched its service in April. But even the best and fastest 5G service won’t be available at all times, for all users.
As Carriers Prep for a 5G Future, Atlanta is Home to Blazing-Fast Download Speeds, IHS Markit RevealsMay 14, 2019While Verizon dominated the mobile performance awards in Atlanta for the second straight testing period, the real story might be the data speed improvements seen across the metro area.
5G Market Set to Boom – But Clarity is Needed, IHS Markit SaysApril 11, 2019As the first commercial deployments of 5G start to appear, the stage is set for consumers finally to find out what the powerful next-generation mobile standard promises can bring: an ambitious and far-reaching technological advance that transforms virtually all aspects of human activity—how we experience life, conduct business, create goods, and build societies.
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...
Apple Conjures More Success With the “Identical” but Innovative iPhone 6SSeptember 08, 2015With the iPhone 6S, Apple has introduced many more innovations than it added with last years' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple has performed the ultimate conjuring trick: Change everything about the iPhone, but make it look almost identical to the old model. As a result, IHS forecasts the magic of the iPhone business will continue to drive Apple.
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 ...
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...
With Android Wear, Google kickstarts its wearable portfolio using its smartphone developer baseMarch 20, 2014Android Wear is a new version of Android aimed at wearable devices. LG and Motorola will be among the first to launch smartwatches for the platform. Google is already seeding the market with an app development kit for Android Wear. Shrewdly, Google is leveraging Google Now as a key part of its wearable content and services. Unlike other wearable device makers, Google is able to leverage its extensive search capabilities which already provides bite-sized contextual content to Android smartphone owners.
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
Communications and Consumer Communiqué Market BriefOctober 28, 2013 Subscribers Only
40+ Bands, 7 Modes: Has Qualcomm Created One Chipset To Rule Them All?March 05, 2013Qualcomm recently announced during Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, the availability of their RF360 Front End Chipset line aimed at simplifying multimode, multiband design of LTE devices. The family of products consists of a dynamic antenna matching tuner, envelope tracking, integrated power amplifier/switch and a package on package solution in which to house it all.Subscribers Only
The proliferation of mode/band combinations in battery operated devices such as smartphones has been a well documented issue ever since the ramp of LTE in 2010. Each mode/band combination typically has an impact on component counts thus putting pressure on an already space-limited design environment.
Intel Targets Fast-Growing, Low-End Smartphone Market with New Atom Processor PlatformJanuary 16, 2013Intel Corp.’s introduction of a new Atom processor platform designed to target the fast-growing market for low-end smartphones in emerging economies represents a shrewd strategy that could allow the company to expand its currently minimal market share in the industry, according to the IHS iSuppli/Screen Digest Mobile & Wireless Service at IHS (NYSE: IHS). Intel rolled out the new processor platform at a major event at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The platform—formerly known as Lexington— is aimed at developing regions of the world, where consumers are demanding low-cost smartphones that deliver high performance and a full feature set.
Taking the “ST” out of “STEricsson”December 13, 2012ST Microelectronics recently announced their intent to exit their joint venture with Ericsson, known as STEricsson. The entities involved are currently in discussions regarding exit plans and it is yet unclear in what form the current STEricsson organization will continue to exist, if at all. What is clear is that ST Micro have set a target exit date of 3rd Quarter 2013. Additionally, even with ST Micro’s exit, it appears that current ST Ericsson executives have re-affirmed that they will continue to work with ST Micro in leveraging the latter’s advanced process technologies and applications processor intellectual property. Even before this announcement, handset chipset rival Qualcomm had already been experiencing increasing success in tapping into the democratization of 3G and smartphones as well as the industry transition to LTE.Subscribers Only
Mobile Communications Equipment Market Set for Double Digit Growth This YearNovember 27, 2012Despite soft macroeconomic conditions, the market for mobile communications equipment will grow by a robust 13 percent this year, propelled by climbing shipments of mobile handsets and tablets, particularly devices supporting the 4G long term evolution (LTE) wireless standard.
Total factory revenue from original equipment manufacturers making mobile communications equipment is projected to reach $376 billion by year-end, up from $334 billion in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Systems Market Tracker report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Next year, overall revenue for mobile communications equipment is forecast to rise to $444 million.
Texas Instruments Hangs Up on Smartphones but Says Hello to Everything ElseNovember 15, 2012In a move that comes as no surprise after comments by senior management in the most recent quarterly earnings calls, Texas Instruments announced yesterday that they will be laying off 1,700 employees associated with their struggling mobile business unit. Ever since announcing their exit from the baseband business a few years ago, Texas Instruments have been attempting to replace those revenues through standalone applications processors from their OMAP product line as well as their WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity products – all of which are, until recently, targeted at the smartphone space.Subscribers Only
There’s No “I” in Component, Mobile Device Performance is a Team EffortOctober 09, 2012Clock speed and the number of CPU cores are arguably among the most commonly scrutinized specs in mobile devices, but by themselves, are these attributes really critical to performance? Mobile device optimization takes system level design of software and hardware including accelerators and peripheral cores and not just the main CPU. If these components are not optimized as a system within the device a user’s expectations may far exceed their actual experience.Subscribers Only
Rapid Advance of LTE Spurs Convergence of Electronic ProductsAugust 29, 2012With its worldwide subscriber rolls expected to quadruple this year and increase by a factor of 70 by 2016, 4G long term evolution (LTE) will play a pivotal role in the development of the wireless industry by driving the convergence of electronic devices, including smartphones, media tablets and mobile PCs.
Global 4G LTE subscribers this year are forecast to reach 73.3 million, up a whopping 334 percent from 16.9 million in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli Consumer and Communications Market Tracker Report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Another round of impressive triple-digit growth, equivalent to 181 percent, is expected in 2013 when 4G LTE subscribers total 205.7 million. By 2016, 4G LTE subscribers will reach nearly 1.2 billion strong, as shown in the figure below.