Intel showed off its next-generation Atom-based chipset for smartphones, but an Intel executive lamented the fact that the company's mobile chipsets are not yet getting traction because they lack support for LTE.
Qualcomm this week removed the wraps from its FSM99xx family of 28 nanometer chips that integrate 3G and LTE for use in small cells.
The small cell hype is finally beginning to waiver as reality sets in about the costs associated with deploying thousands of these diminutive base stations. The benefits of small cell technology are clear, but issues such as power and backhaul are challenging and not easily resolved.
The FCC unanimously opened for public comment a proposed rulemaking that could result in the auction of 500 MHz of spectrum for a high-speed air-to-ground (ATG) broadband service championed by Qualcomm. However, the spectrum would be shared with incumbent users, including fixed satellite services and certain U.S. government agencies.
Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network.
Qualcomm's vision of the wireless future includes consumer electronics devices that integrate small cells, which could be used for sharing bandwidth with other nearby mobile users.
Qualcomm reported typically strong quarterly earnings but its long-term outlook for the year spooked some analysts and investors as worries fly that the chipset giant could be facing lower royalty payments and tougher competition in Asia.
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Quantance raised $12 million in Series D funding in preparation for volume production and further research and development of its power-boosting, battery-saving chip solution for LTE devices.
Nvidia said its mobile business will remain flat this year, partially due to a slight delay in the release of its LTE-capable Tegra 4 chip.