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China Mobile is using the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communications tester from Rohde & Schwarz in its Research Institute labs to perform RF tests on user equipment for time division LTE (TD-LTE). The intention is for Rohde & Schwarz’s TD-LTE cooperation with the Chinese mobile radio network operator to continue on a long-term basis.
The M2M market is largely characterized by cellular module shipments and connections. China’s cellular connection revenue, which constitutes more than one-third of the Asia-Pacific’s (APAC) M2M market, is expected to grow from $642 million in 2011 to $2.76 billion in 2016.
RF Micro Devices Inc. announced it has shipped over one billion cellular power amplifiers (PA) to handset manufacturers headquartered in the Greater China area. This significant industry milestone demonstrates RFMD's ongoing commitment to providing China-based customers with operational scale, technological innovation and an industry-leading cost structure.
EB (Elektrobit) has expanded into the People's Republic of China with the formation of EB Automotive Software (Shanghai) Ltd., the legal entity in Shanghai. This new global hub will particularly help EB to support the company's growing automotive customer base in China and neighboring markets in Central Asia.
Global capital expenditure weakened in 4Q2011 for many mobile operators as they trimmed their budgets for the remainder of 2011. However confidence is returning in the first half of 2012 as operators start to switch over from LTE trial to commercial service in a number of markets. “Mobile capital expenditure is forecasted to grow 9% to US$111.1 billion in 2012, supported by renewed investment in radio access network (RAN) infrastructure and in-building wireless access,” says Jake Saunders, vice president of forecasting.
ABI Research has determined that the cellular handset market shipped 353.5 million handsets in Q1 2012 which represents a -3.8% YoY and -16.5% sequential drop in shipments. The smartphone market delivered 142 million shipments in Q1 for a 38% YoY gain and a -8.1% sequential decline. Apple’s 35.1 million shipments were supported by APAC while Samsung’s 83.4 million displaced Nokia from the top position that it has held for over a decade.
Rogers Corp. announced the appointment of Helen Zhang as President of Asia Region to oversee the company’s growing business in Greater China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Zhang will be responsible for driving Rogers’ growth strategy in Asia across the company’s three core businesses of printed circuit materials, power electronics solutions and high performance foams.
Horizon House has announced plans to launch the inaugural Electronic Design Innovation Conference (EDI CON 2013) in Beijing, China in March 2013 that will focus on design concepts and techniques of RF, microwave and high-speed digital components and systems in China
A jump in cable and satellite set-top box shipments in Asia-Pacific markets is being driven by cable digitization in India and China, as well as China’s rollout of digital satellite boxes to its rural households. “Digital transitions are bringing consumers access to hundreds of international channels and a few HD services for the first time.
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