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John Glossner
Sandbridge Technologies CTO & EVP. A fabless semiconductor company building SDR baseband processors.

April 2012

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Huawei to give Intel LTE development support in China

April 30, 2012

The collaboration will be based on Huawei’s know how in LTE TDD network infrastructure and Intel’s mobile communications platforms, Huawei said. Full Story at EE Times.

Neul launches ‘white-space’ smart metering in Cambridge

April 26, 2012

The network set up follows on from 10 months of testing in urban and rural areas around Cambridge by the the Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium, which comprises leading international and UK technology and media companies. Full Story at EE Times.

Huawei may start selling its mobile chips

April 26, 2012

“In the future, whether it be mobile broadband devices, tablets, or smartphones, Huawei will be able to provide its own core chip solution,” said Huawei executive vice president Eric Xu. Full Story at C114.

China Mulls National CPU Architecture Spec

April 26, 2012

At least five existing processor architectures are up for consideration as the basis of the standard. The initiative also could be used to define its own instruction set architecture (ISA) or extend an existing one. Full Story at C114. See also EE Times.

White Space trial: First Cambridge, then… THE WORLD

April 26, 2012

In the UK, White Space devices should be legal around the end of 2012, and yesterday marked the end of extensive trials of the technology across Cambridge. Despite it being completely legal to use White Space in the US, the campaign did prompt the FCC to impose some fairly draconian limits on the power and frequencies [...]

First automated software-to-chip dream

April 24, 2012

Two”what if” (LTE PHY) designs were produced in 12 weeks for MimoOn, one for TSMC’s 40-nanometer process and a second for its 90-nanometer process, Algotochip said. The latter of which was chosen for its final SoC due to its lower power consumption, the company said. Algotochip’s design flow first makes an analysis of the designers C-code [...]

ST-Ericsson’s New Vision

April 23, 2012

The Company re-affirms its vision to be a leader in smartphone and tablet platforms and unveiled a new strategy based on repositioning the whole business model. … an agreement to transfer to STMicroelectronics its stand-alone application processor activities … “The industry is changing and our customers are looking for a single application processor platform that can [...]

Imagination licenses Ensigma IP to Qualcomm

April 23, 2012

The Ensigma platform is based on the combination of the universal communications core (UCC) and the Meta multithreaded processor to provide a software programmable multi-standard, multi-stream for broadcast digital and mobile television and digital and FM radio. It also serves as a Wi-Fi transceiver. Full Story at EE Times.

HTC is developing its own CPU with ST-Ericsson

April 23, 2012

Contrary to high performance Samsung and Apple CPUs which power their flagships, the new HTC processor will run the lower end smartphones. The devices with new chip will start shipping in volume sometime in 2013. Full story at CII4.

Intel grabs 15% of cellular baseband market

April 20, 2012

The top five ranking (by revenue) was Qualcomm (45%), Intel (15%), MediaTek, Texas Instruments, and ST-Ericsson, with Qualcomm leading by dint of its dominant market position in CDMA, LTE and W-CDMA basebands. Full Story at EE Times.

Sequans, Nationz team up on LTE chipsets

April 18, 2012

The collaboration is yielding multi-band, multi-mode devices of several types, including mobile routers, CPE, and USB dongles. Initial products will become available around the middle of the year. Full Story at EE Times.

MediaTek buys baseband DSP IP licensor Coresonic

April 10, 2012

the company developed its SIMT – single instruction multiple tasks – DSP architecture for wireless baseband ICs, which it licensed to MediaTek in February 2011. Full Story at EE Times.

Looking At 40 Years of Processor Improvements

April 8, 2012

Stanford’s CPU DB project is like an open IMDB for microprocessors. Full story at Slashdot.

$20 SDR Receiver?

April 2, 2012

it has been discovered that some USB TV Tuners using the Realtek RTL2832U can be used as a cheap SDR, since the chip allows transferring the raw I/Q samples to the host, which is officially used for DAB/DAB+/FM demodulation. Full Story at The Dumpster Diving Geek. More at Slashdot.

Docomo kills LTE semiconductor JV

April 2, 2012

…with Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited, NEC Corporation, Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and announced in December 2011, was terminated because a consensus on the details of the joint venture company was not reached by the target deadline of the end of March. Full Story at EE Times.