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29 LTE SEMICONDUCTOR VENDORS PROFILED
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48 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering nearly 100 baseband, RF and application processors for LTE applications from 29 leading vendors
A detailed overview of the LTE technology market, including its explosive growth to date and the increasingly concrete plans for LTE-Advanced
Exclusive input from interviews with a wide range of LTE silicon vendors, along with product information supplied by vendors
Complete, up-to-the-minute information on forthcoming products, including the latest information on likely release dates
SIMON STANLEY
Analyst at Large,
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Simon Stanley is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd. Over the last nine years, Stanley has written extensively for Heavy Reading...
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Length: 48 Pages
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
LTE Base Station & Handset Components:
A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis


Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments are growing quickly, with more than 100 carriers in almost 50 countries already running commercial networks. HD video is only the latest in a stream of new applications that are stretching existing wireless networks to the breaking point. LTE provides the reduced latency, increased peak bandwidth and greater network capacity required for the advanced voice, data and video applications embedded in the latest smartphones.

The initial build out of large, macro base stations is being augmented by a range of small base stations for metro, enterprise, residential and rural deployments. LTE must work in conjunction with existing networks and across a wide range of frequency bands across the globe. This presents significant challenges to system developer and carriers.

Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of LTE networks around the world. As LTE develops, and LTE-Advanced is introduced, semiconductor vendors are developing devices that support a complex mix of frequency bands, networks, bandwidths and performance. To meet these challenges, semiconductor vendors have introduced flexible and highly integrated devices delivering cost-effective and power-efficient solutions that scale with more users and greater demand for bandwidth.

3G handsets are already built using highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) devices. For LTE handsets, semiconductor vendors are moving very quickly from discrete LTE modems and application processors to integrated SoC devices with multimode modems and high-performance dual or quad-core processors. These developments are enabling a new class of smartphone with eye-catching performance and seamless connectivity across LTE and 3G networks. The next challenge that is being addressed is support for global roaming and network bandwidths greater than 150 Mbit/s.

The LTE semiconductor market is very competitive, with multiple vendors developing application processors, baseband and RF devices for both base stations and user equipment. The quick pace of development for LTE has fueled significant vendor consolidation with market leaders acquiring smaller companies to combine complementary 3G and LTE technology.

LTE Base Station & Handset Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing LTE components for both base stations and user devices. The report includes not only granular information on the components themselves - of interest to system OEMs, smartphone developers and service providers - but also insights into how the overall market and ecosystem is developing - of interest to a wide audience, including investors.

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This report is based on interviews conducted with a wide range of LTE silicon vendors during September and October 2012, along with product information supplied by vendors. The tables presented in the report are based on product documentation and supplemental data from our interviews and email conversations. All of the data in product tables has been provided to vendors for confirmation, feedback and updating ahead of publication.

In total, the report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 29 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including almost 100 baseband, RF and application processor devices.

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LTE components must be very flexible, handling multiple standards, frequency bands and channel bandwidths. Baseband devices should therefore be software-programmable, supporting the latest specifications and channel allocations, as well as scalable and very low-latency. The excerpt below shows the devices in a typical eNodeB. On the left is the network interface; in the middle is the baseband, including MAC and PHY devices; and on the right is the RF front end.

eNodeB

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LTE smartphones use the highest-performance application processors. The excerpt below lists the leading application processors that are suitable for LTE smartphones and tablets. Several smartphone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, have their own application processors.

LTE-Ready Application Processor Summary

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Report Scope & Structure

LTE Base Station & Handset Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is structured as follows:

Section I is an introduction to the report, with complete report key findings.

Section II examines the dynamics of the LTE market, provides an overview of LTE and LTE-Advanced technology and covers four vendors that provide intellectual property that is used in LTE silicon devices.

Section III focuses on base station solutions. This section covers 29 devices, including integrated LTE base station devices, LTE PHY devices and LTE MAC and control devices.

Section IV presents detailed product and strategy analysis for nine vendors that provide integrated LTE base station devices, LTE PHY devices and/or LTE MAC and control devices.

Section V analyzes 46 baseband devices and application processors for LTE user devices, including handsets, tablets and USB dongles.

Section VI presents detailed product and strategy analysis for 11 vendors that supply integrated multimode handset devices, LTE baseband devices and/or application processors for LTE handsets, tablets and USB dongles.

Section VII analyzes 22 RF devices available for LTE and presents detailed product and strategy analysis for four vendors that provide RF devices and are not covered elsewhere.

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