LONDON – Qualcomm Inc. was responsible for 86 percent of the 47 million FDD-LTE cellphone modems shipped in 2012, according to market research firm Forward Concepts. That's a long way ahead of Samsung with just 9 percent and therefore Qualcomm's domination is set to continue in 2013, the firm said.
A relatively little known company, GCT Semiconductor grabbed 3 percent of the market by way of design wins in LG handsets while Renesas Mobile and Nvidia Icera gained about 1 percent each. Renesas LTE modem sales were mainly through presence in Fujitsu handsets, Forward Concepts said.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.