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Cellular 4G/LTE Channel

Sony acquires Altair Semiconductor, Israeli innovator of LTE modem chip technology

Sony Corp. has reached an agreement with Altair Semiconductor and its major shareholders to acquire the company. The purchase price is $212 million (approximately 25 billion yen), and Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016. Altair, an Israel-based company, owns modem chip technology and related software for LTE (Long Term Evolution), a 4G cellular standard for mobile devices. Altair develops and sells products focused on LTE technology, and its modem chips stand out for their low power consumption, high performance and competitive cost.


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Analog Devices' PLL with VCO synthesizer improves base station performance

Analog Devices Inc. introduced a phased-locked loop (PLL) synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) that allows mobile network operators to improve cellular base station performance and the quality of wireless service. The new ADF4355 PLL with VCO synthesizer operates up to 6.8 GHz, a frequency band that allows significant margin to industry's current carrier frequencies.


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Ericsson and Huawei extend global patent cross license agreement

Ericsson and Huawei have agreed on extending their global patent license agreement between the two companies. The agreement includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies’ wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards). Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company’s standard essential patents and technologies globally.


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