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Summary:

What's next for the LTE ecosystem?
This insight offers an analysis of the LTE device ecosystem in light of baseband market maturity. It presents a review of LTE baseband competition with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each major manufacturer. It finally examines next challenges that will affect the further evolution of mobile broadband devices.

This Insight is part of our ongoing monitoring LTE Watch.

Table Of Contents

LTE Insight - LTE chipset and devices
Contents

1. Key Findings 5
2. Review of LTE baseband competition 6
2.1. Qualcomm still the market leader… 7
2.2. … with competition warming up for second place 8
2.2.1. Nvidia 8
2.2.2. Broadcom 9
2.2.3. ST-Ericsson comes to an end 10
2.2.4. Intel Mobile Communication 10
2.2.5. Renesas Mobile 12
2.2.6. Access Network Technology (ANT) 12
2.3. Entry-level LTE devices on their way 13
2.4. The home-grown chipset strategy 13
2.4.1. Samsung 13
2.4.2. HiSilicon 14
2.5. The single-mode LTE strategy 15
3. What's next for LTE Devices? 16
3.1. Voice over LTE 16
3.2. LTE-Advanced and carrier aggregation 18
3.3. Receive diversity: MIMO and LTE devices 18
3.4. Increased battery life and reduced footprint 19
3.5. So where is the universal world LTE phone? 19



Tables

Table 1: LTE baseband manufacturers on the market 6
Table 2: NVIDIA LTE baseband offering 9
Table 3: Renesas LTE portfolio 12
Table 4: Peak data rate targets for LTE . 19




Figures

Figure 1: Samsung Droid Charge (launched May 2011) Tear Down 7
Figure 2: Software Defined Radio advantages over modem with fixed-function blocks 8
Figure 3: Intel mobile application processor and LTE baseband road map . 11
Figure 4: Intel line of mobile device wins with its x86 mobile application porcessor architecture 11
Figure 5: Samsung 3rd generation LTE baseband CMC221S 14
Figure 6: Huawei K3V2 quadcore processor 15
Figure 7: Future of LTE devices . 16
Figure 8: VoLTE performance on early VoLTE devices . 17
Figure 9: Early VoLTE solutions vs latest VoLTE solutions 17
Figure 10: Carrier aggregation scenarios 18
Figure 11: The baseband and the whole transmit path 20

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