From the monthly archives: "February 2011"

Freescale is announcing a System on a Chip (SoC) that contains everything you need for femto through macro basestations. The interesting thing about this news is, (A) welcome to the increasingly competitive field of LTE SoCs, and (B) the economic curve should begin to get more favorable for LTE products sooner than later and (C) This is a multimode chip, not single mode.

I read tons of analyst UK PRs that claim 4G is going to be a while since the spectrum situation in the UK is not optimal, but I snicker when I see the whole LTE universe racing forward around those analyst statements.

I also see the cloud being mentioned over and over, a good thing. Anyway, this is a very capable 45nm  part that launches 2H 2011, and should be a huge deal to the operators. Details follow.

Links: Freescale Semiconductor, Business Wire

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Verizon confirmed to CNN that they made VoLTE calls, and I assume that it was from their LTE network in their Basking Ridge HQ location. Unsure if this was a lab demo with a dedicated bearer or over their production network. Sounds like they are going to reveal more at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. The UE was LG’s Revolution that they recently announced.


I have some questions and ideas about VoLTE, after the break….


Links: CNN, Droiddog.com, Androidful.com

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ATT opened their Foundry Innovation Center in Plano, Texas, it’s the first of 3 centers with the other 2 in Palo Alto, California, and Ra’anana, Israel. With their $70M investment, the initial (stated) project list includes: HTML5, telehealth, location based services and network services APIs. Alcatel-Lucent is the host supplier that provided the test bed (network) in Plano. Verizon has similar collaborative center approach as well.

It’s noteworthy to me that these major operators feel so strongly about collaborating with developers more closely. It’s a great experiment and I can’t wait to see what comes out, although, I haven’t wrapped the full walled garden network application developmer business model around my head yet. I’ll be watching. Maybe Apple would have benefitted from something like this initially?

Links: ATT

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Broadsoft has completed GSMA’s IR.92 testing for it’s TAS (voice call ‘server’ for IMS networks) It’s my belief that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is getting into good position to eventually carry the voice that is presently circuit switched on 2G/3G networks so this was an interesting notification to me.

I also note that various companies have plugged Broadsoft into applications like the telephony bit for SIP based femtocell networks (OK they haven’t really yet gained a foothold in the US  but I digress…)


Links: Broadsoft, GSMA

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Design Art Networks has released a 40nm SoC that is very respectable in terms of specifications.  It is Release 10 (LTE Advanced) ready and only consumes 8W at full power, supporting up to  80MHz aggregate spectrum, and 16TX + 16RX paths (= 4 sectors of 4×4 MIMO). If the price is right, beware the onslaught of highly capable, low profile, base stations!


In its full glory following break.


Links: Design Art Networks, Business Wire

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