Wi-Fi offloading from cellular networks is clearly no longer an afterthought, as evidenced by IHS iSuppli's forecast that nearly 1.2 billion handsets out of a total of 1.9 billion produced in 2015 will include Wi-Fi functionality.
The telecom industry's growing push to adopt software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) appears to place Intel in a strong position to influence evolving network designs. With that in mind, the chipmaker announced three strategic reference architectures targeting, respectively, telecom, cloud data center and enterprise data center infrastructure market segments.
The shift toward software-defined networking based on OpenFlow will have the side effect of eliminating ASICs in routers and switches over the next decade, according to Nick McKeown, an engineering professor at Stanford University.
Impulse radio ultra wide-band (IR-UWB) is gaining traction for use in indoor positing and tracking. Two French entities--BeSpoon, a fabless semiconductor company, and French research-and-technology organization CEA-Leti--said they have demonstrated an IR-UWB integrated circuit able to measure distances within a few centimeters' accuracy.
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.
The small cell market is bifurcating between public access and metrocell equipment vs. consumer-grade femtocells, resulting in two distinct roadmaps for sales of baseband processors for small cells, according to ABI Research.
Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will reportedly arrive around July and will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, apparently chosen in part for its ability to tightly integrate with the chipmaker's 3G/LTE baseband modem.
Compass-EOS, a six-year-old company that just emerged from stealth mode, launched what it claims is the first core-grade router family to use a chip-to-chip direct silicon-to-photonics implementation that alters the way routers are built.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm rolled out its latest Gobi modem platform for mobile computing products, which includes carrier aggregation capabilities and support for LTE Category 4 peak data rates of 150 Mbps.
Sequans Communications expects its LTE business to pick up during the second half of 2013, but the chipmaker is still struggling to make up for decreased revenues from plummeting sales of WiMAX products.