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Monday, December 1, 2008

LTE chips get ready to roll

Source: EE Times
The specification for 4G wireless, or long-term-evolution (LTE), is expected to be finished this month, and product rollouts are anticipated for 2010 or 2011. If you are wondering what the status of the chips that will enable LTE is, well, the pipelines seem planned and chip designers have their heads down to deal with the unique challenges of LTE systems.

Despite these challenges, there seems to be a definite creative enthusiasm about the possibilities and new ways of looking at networks, as broadband mobile wireless gets ready to roll. And, in a stroke of compatibility genius that seems rare in our industry, many of the chips will also be compatible with mobile WiMAX, thanks to some similarities in the RF signaling. Regardless of whether or not the two competing standards, LTE and WiMAX converge, we are likely to see chips doing double duty.

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