AT&T has validated Altair Semiconductor's FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset, which is designed to improve time-to-market and reduce costs associated with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Chipmaker Sequans is jumping on the LTE Cat M bandwagon with Monarch, an LTE Cat M chipset compliant with the 3GPP LTE Release 13 Advanced Pro standard. The company also is expanding its partnership with Gemalto to include LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat M2 (formerly known as narrowband IoT) to help build the Cat M ecosystem. Sequans said it will begin sampling chips to partners in the second quarter.
While 5G gets a lot of attention for the role it will play in the Internet of Things (IoT) and everything else, there's still a lot of runway for LTE, and some players are placing their bets that Cat 1 LTE will drive M2M and IoT growth.
AT&T is going to conduct a live, in-stadium trial demonstration of AT&T LTE Broadcast technology. And, unlike the demonstration rival Verizon conducted outside the MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl in 2014, AT&T plans to conduct this trial inside AT&T Stadium when the Ohio State Buckeyes meet the Oregon Ducks for the first-ever college football national championship in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12.
In addition to developing new mobile devices capable of delivering live video using LTE Multicast technology, Verizon Wireless is talking to consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers about integrating LTE Multicast with connected TV devices, a top Verizon executive said Wednesday.
Sequans Communications won certification from Verizon Wireless for two more single-mode LTE modules, the VZ20M and VZ21M, which are both designed to add plug-and-play LTE connectivity to tablets and mobile computers.
Chipmaker Sequans Communications said its foray into LTE is starting to pay off, though the company continues to lose money.
Sequans Communications expects its LTE business to pick up during the second half of 2013, but the chipmaker is still struggling to make up for decreased revenues from plummeting sales of WiMAX products.
Chipmaker Sequans Communications introduced a new line of LTE semiconductors for embedded devices but also acknowledged that its switch in focus from WiMAX to LTE is still far from profitable.
Chipmaker Sequans Communications is trying to keep a lid on expenses as it transitions from WiMAX to LTE. Nonetheless it did enjoy some upsides to its existing WiMAX business during the second quarter of 2012.