In 2013 10 percent of the remote controls shipped with major home consumer equipment will be RF-enabled. Over the next five years there will be a major surge in RF technology adoption for remote controls as vendors look to differentiate their products, and/or drive growth in smart home services. While at the same time RF solutions continue to fall in price, implementations become more simplified and lower powers are achieved.
LTE-TDD will go mainstream in 2014, and it is not just about China Mobile’s recently announced commitment to spend $3.3 billion on rolling out 207,000 LTE-TDD base stations. In the US, Clearwire is anticipated to have rolled out 5,000 LTE-TDD base stations which will play a complementary role in Sprint’s overall LTE service plans. Around the world, there are 60 LTE-TDD deployments, of which 21 have commercially launched.
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., a fabless provider of high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), announced the highest performance, carrier-grade Wi-Fi switch on the market. With the highest isolation by a factor of 50, Peregrine’s switch also sets a new bar in linearity, which makes it ideally suited for the fast-growing market of 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points.
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, announced the availability of a new RF X-TREME basestation antenna designed for the 700 MHz spectrum. Available in a true 4 ft or 6 ft antenna length, the multi-band antenna provides high-performance triple-band capability in a compact dual-band package.
Anite has launched LTE-Advanced Scenario Mode capability in its Development Toolset. Scenario Mode, an easy-to-use graphical interface, enables engineers without specific programming skills to quickly and effectively develop and edit test scripts.
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that its TriConnect® 5 GHz WLAN front-end modules and premium LTE / Wi-Fi coexistence filters are being leveraged by Broadcom Corp. for use in the company's 5G Wi-Fi reference designs. The 5G Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) technology delivers faster throughput, longer operating range and extended battery life for smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices.
Alcatel-Lucentand CNT deploy the first 4G LTE high-speed mobile broadband network in Ecuador, covering the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca, Machala and Loja, and most of the major cities in the country’s Pacific Coast and Southern area.