Length: 44 Pages
29 LTE SEMICONDUCTOR VENDORS PROFILED
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44 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering more than 70 baseband, RF and application processors for LTE applications from 30 leading vendors
A detailed overview of the LTE technology market, including its impressive growth to date, expectations for future success, and the still-developing plans for LTE-Advanced
Exclusive input from interviews conducted with a wide range of LTE silicon vendors over four months, along with product and volume information supplied by vendors
Complete, up-to-the-minute information on forthcoming products, including the latest information on likely release dates.
Length: 44 Pages
Analyst at Large,
Simon Stanley is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd. Over the last six years, Stanley has written extensively for Heavy Reading...
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LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments are growing quickly, with 166 carriers in 62 countries now committed to using it. LTE provides the reduced latency, increased peak bandwidth and greater network capacity required for the advanced voice, data and video applications made possible by the latest smartphones. HD video is only the latest in a stream of new applications that is stretching 3G networks to the breaking point.
Mobile carriers need LTE to deliver high-quality services to smartphone users. LTE is the leading 4G wireless network and is backward compatible with existing solutions. LTE and LTE-Advanced will meet the long-term needs of carriers and their customers for high-speed data traffic supporting Internet browsing, voice and video.
Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of LTE networks around the world. As LTE develops and LTE-Advanced is introduced, there is pressure on semiconductor vendors to introduce devices supporting additional frequency bands and a complex mix of networks, bandwidths and performance. To meet these challenges, semiconductor vendors must develop flexible and highly integrated devices that meet the performance criteria of carriers and deliver cost-effective, power-efficient solutions.
The LTE semiconductor market is very competitive, with multiple vendors developing application processors, baseband and radio frequency (RF) devices for both base stations and user equipment. With LTE, we are seeing components developed by existing application processor, mobile baseband and RF market leaders; startups targeting the LTE market; and well-established companies shifting from WiMax to LTE. There have also been several high-profile acquisitions that have brought application processor and baseband developers into one company, including ST-Ericsson, Renasas, Intel and Nvidia.
LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis explores the opportunities and risks of feature distribution for mobile network operators, analyzes the prospects for distribution of the primary network elements that are deployed centrally in mobile networks today, and examines the various factors that could accelerate or impede this trend. The report also makes specific recommendations for how equipment vendors can best position themselves to capitalize on the move toward distribution.
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This report is based on interviews conducted with a wide range of LTE silicon vendors in the four months leading up to July 2011, along with product and volume 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 30 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including more than 70 baseband, RF and application processors from these companies.
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The excerpt below provides a summary of the leading PHY devices for LTE. These include devices that have been developed specifically for this application, along with general-purpose devices that have been enhanced to support 4G wireless networks including LTE. Throughput ranges from 100 Mbit/s downstream and 50 Mbit/s upstream (LTE Cat 3) to 1.2Mbit/s full duplex, supporting a 4-sector LTE-Advanced base station.
LTE smartphones use the highest-performance application processors. The excerpt below lists the leading application processors that are suitable for LTE smartphones and tablets. The latest solutions from Qualcomm integrate application processor cores and LTE/3G modem. Several smartphone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, have their own application processors. Other vendors with mobile application processors include Marvell and Freescale.
Report Scope and Structure
LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: 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 technology, introduces the plans for LTE-Advanced and covers three vendors that will provide intellectual property to support the development of LTE devices.
Section III focuses on base station solutions. This section covers 22 devices, including LTE PHY devices, LTE MAC and control devices and integrated LTE base station devices.
Section IV presents detailed product and strategy analysis for 10 vendors that provide LTE PHY devices, LTE MAC and control devices and/or integrated LTE base station devices.
Section V analyzes 31 baseband devices and application processors for LTE user devices, including handsets, tablets and USB dongles.
Section VI presents detailed product and strategy analysis for 13 vendors that supply baseband devices and application processors for LTE user devices.
Section VII analyzes 18 RF devices available for LTE and presents detailed product and strategy analysis for six vendors that provide RF devices and are not covered elsewhere.
LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is published in PDF format.