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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

LTE chip suppliers in 2011

By Nick Flaherty

From the Portable Multimedia blog and market researchers Forward Concepts, here's a very interesting list of LTE chip suppliers for 2011:

  • Altair: FourGee-3100 undergoing field trials. 
  • Broadcom (via Beceem acquisition): Announced, likely sampling Q1/2012
  • Cavium Networks (via WaveSat acquisition): Odyssey Single-mode LTE chip is sampling.
  • Intel/Infineon (via Blue Wonder acquisition): Expect to sample LTE in Q3/2011
  • MediaTek (LTE licensed from DoCoMo): Product sampling likely Q1/2012 for TD-LTE, Also licensed Coresonic's LTE baseband IP.
  • NTT DoCoMo LTE Licensees: Fujitsu, Panasonic & Renesas (based on Tensilica DSP cores); Now in Japan field trials.
  • Qualcomm: MDM9600 shipping in HTC Thunderbolt (see below), but MDM9625 and MDM9225 Sampling Q4/2011 
  • Renesas Mobile Corp.: The (SP2531) is based on a Nokia-originated (non-TI DSP) design. It supports TD-LTE and FDD-LTE cat 3 with HSPA+ and now sampling.
  • Samsung Semiconductor: Shipping in both dongles (TeliaSonera in Sweden) and handsets (See below)
  • Sequans: WiMAX chip house, working with Alcatel-Lucent. TD-LTE dongle modems (SQN3000 series) shipped in small quantities in May 2010.
  • ST-Ericsson: Thor M7400 LTE/HSPA+ modem will be sampling in Q2/2011.
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