The total Bluetooth IC market (including stand alone and combo ICs) is expected to reach $4.3 billion in 2012 — an increase of 21% on 2011. Revenues are forecast to grow at a compound growth rate of over 20% to reach almost $12 billion by 2017.
RFEL, which specialize in high performance electronic signal processing solutions, has produced a solution to overcome the common performance bottleneck of the dynamic range of high speed ADCs that can prevent innovative projects in wireless communications and instrumentation from getting off the ground.
7Layers has been recognized by MetroPCS Communications as an approved test lab for LTE device certification. The cooperation expands the options available to mobile phone manufacturers who are preparing to introduce LTE devices.
Mobile capital expenditure in Western Europe contracted 3.8 percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) even though mobile operators are building out coverage for 4G, and to a lesser extent enhancing capacity and coverage of their 3G networks. Not only was QoQ spend down but also, year-on-year (YoY) growth was down significantly (19 percent). “Overall capital expenditure for the region is expected to drop 12 percent to $14.4 billion for the year.
In monitoring the early progress of LTE, many industry insiders closely watch countries where mobile operators are aggressively deploying new networks, and offering commercial LTE devices and services. In South Korea, the United States, and Japan, the number of LTE subscribers surpassed that of WiMAX subscribers in 4Q11, 1Q12, and 2Q12, respectively. The findings are part of new market data from market intelligence firm ABI Research detailing the mobile broadband transition.
Communication devices for the public safety, utilities, transportation, military, and other “second responder” sectors are often characterized by images of clunky, large instruments that look like they require a master’s degree to operate. Yet these are the type of urgent communication systems that should be quick and easy to operate in order to protect and save lives.
Azimuth Systems Inc. announced the availability of the latest release of its Azimuth Field-to-Lab™ (FTL) solution, version 2.4. The product now offers complex test cases with added support for new scanners and file formats.
RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, announced it will start volume production of its second-generation, pure CMOS-based RFeICs in Q4 2012. The new solutions will serve rapidly growing markets including smartphone and tablets, WLAN 11a/n/ac, ZigBee, wireless audio, smart energy and home automation.