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Friday, January 2, 2009

Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips

Source: EE Times
Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors. Specifically, the company is working on basebands for both Long Term Evolution (LTE) and mobile WiMax networks as well as media accelerators.

The company is developing WiMax and LTE chips to lower costs of its handsets and reduce its exposure to patent royalties, according to Young Cho Chi, senior vice president of strategic planning for Samsung's telecom division. "We are also trying to develop competitive multimedia chipsets to support various multimedia functions," said Chi in an email exchange following a presentation in San Francisco in early December.

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