Report: Chips hold key to embedding 4G technology - Embedded.com

Report: Chips hold key to embedding 4G technology

LONDON — The inclusion of embedded 4G technologies in a range of mobile and consumer devices will create a built-in market for anticipated 4G services such as mobile WiMax and LTE, but it also will force some fundamental changes in the mobile industry ecosystem, particularly in the relationships between network operators and device suppliers, according to the latest report from Unstrung Insider.

And 4G systems could lead to an entirely new way of thinking about system-on-chip architectures in the semiconductor industry

The report 4G Inside: Embedded Modules for Mobile WiMax & LTE analyzes the evolving 4G market, focusing on the key technical and commercial issues affecting embedded modules based on mobile WiMax and LTE. It evaluates the ecosystems and business models for LTE and mobile WiMax within the framework of decisions that device makers must take regarding which, if any, embedded systems to build into their products.

The report explores the primary issues that will affect the deployment of embedded modules, including spectrum requirements, intellectual property rights, pricing, and chip requirements. It includes profiles of nine leading suppliers of mobile technologies and explores their strategies for 4G services and embedded devices. “The ultimate key to success will be the ability of chip makers to develop higher-performance, lower-power, smaller, and cheaper chips,” said John Blau, research analyst with Unstrung Insider and author of the report.

“The brains to develop these chips are arguably out there, but the economies of scale needed to drive down costs will only come with sufficient demand, which is linked to network coverage which, in turn, is linked to a complex mix of spectrum, technology, intellectual property rights, and industrial politics,” he added.

Intel expects a range of royalty rates for mobile WiMax essential patents to be announced within the next month while a boost for embedded modules could come from MIMO, which Texas Instruments believes will be first introduced in laptops.

Unstrung Insider is a paid research service from TechWeb's Unstrung and Light Reading which are owned by United Business Media Ltd., the parent company of TechInsights, publisher of EE Times .

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