Will Strauss: Wireless/DSP Newsletter

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 8/1/2011

AllJoyn™ Enables Direct Connections Among Several Devices Qualcomm spends a lot of money on R&D, usually to improve their products; but in this case to engender new utility for cellphones, tablets and even PCs...even those that don't employ Qualcomm chips. AllJoyn ("all join") is a platform... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 6/27/2011

New LTE Handsets Take Different Modem Tacks There's no question that HTC's Thunderbolt LTE/CDMA handset for Verizon's LTE network has been a hit. That, of course, followed the Samsung Craft fielded on the MetroPCS network. The Thunderbolt employs two Qualcomm modems while the Craft employs an LTE modem... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 6/1/2011

NVIDIA's Icera Purchase Changes the Cellular Chip Landscape As I suggested in my November 3, 2010 newsletter, graphics leader NVIDIA has purchased Icera Semiconductor for $375 million in cash. I personally think that was a bargain price for Nvidia, since the acquisition now puts it on a level that could rival... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 5/2/2011

Why Apple Cannot Ship an LTE iPhone in 2011 Tim Cook, Apple's Acting Chief Executive, has stated that "early generation LTE chips would require too many compromises in design," and that has been interpreted as indicating that a 4G-enabled Verizon iPhone won’t be with us anytime soon. But,... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 4/4/2011

Intel Bulks up Again in LTE In early March, Intel purchased most of the assets of Cairo-based SysDSoft, one of only two licensors of LTE level-2-and-above software stacks. It is unlikely that Intel will allow the entity to continue the licensing business, so that leaves U.K.-based 4M Wireless as the last man... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 3/2/2011

Mobile World Congress: A Success With double-digit attendee growth to the 60,000 level, MWC'11 has to be labeled as a big success. Moreover, the new products introduced and the overall optimism exhibited bodes well for continued wireless market growth in 2011 and beyond. Of course, many LTE-related products... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 2/1/2011

Tensilica Claims #1 LTE IP spot With the scramble to get chips into the LTE (a.k.a. 4G) market, most cellular baseband chip companies are licensing their DSP cores from one of two major suppliers: CEVA, Inc. and Tensilica, Inc. CEVA clearly has a significant IP market lead in 2G and 3G shipments, worldwide,... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter 1/4/2011

4G is Now Officially Meaningless The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has loosened its definition of 4G to include LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+. Clearly, this was caving in to the claims of the operators who are now plastering 4G on anything that has higher data speeds than 3G. So, when LTE-Advanced arrives,... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter, 4/3/2012

by Will Strauss Intel Inside® Smartphone Shipments Begin…in India Since Intel's acquisition of the cellular properties of Infineon Technologies AG, millions of cellphones have shipped with "Intel Inside." But no handsets have had the Intel legacy for the Intel Inside® nom... Read More »

Forward Concepts Wireless/DSP Newsletter, 4/3/2012

by Will Strauss Intel Inside® Smartphone Shipments Begin…in India Since Intel's acquisition of the cellular properties of Infineon Technologies AG, millions of cellphones have shipped with "Intel Inside." But no handsets have had the Intel legacy for the Intel Inside® nom... Read More »