Even after Intel's Infineon wireless acquistion, we still dont have a baseband option in most ultrabooks . I am waiting for my macbook air to come with inbuilt 4G option. Hope they speed things up a bit with this acquisition.
That would be on the LTE modem part and not on an RF IC. This Fujitsu chip can handle a lot of RF bands but some applications don't need so many bands. There will likely be smaller versions of the chip in the future for simple data applications.
In some of the articles about companies shutting down their R&D efforts on 4G, a lot of bloggers wondered why the companies would do that. I am sure that the efforts were not as far along as advertised and the companies heard that better parts were coming to the market than what they offered. If you are not there after a billion dollars, you will never be there. If you did a decent LTE modem for less than $200 million, then you did well.
Interesting acquisition indeed. Low power is the name of the game and while Intel processors are not the most energy efficient by any means, the energy consumption in mobile platforms is not dictated just by processors' efficiency. RFIC and Modems consume a big chunk of the overal power budget. The key is to manage the overall power budget efficiently for various use cases. That is where vertical integration can come in handy!
This is interesting indeed. I wonder how the Intel Corp. plans to expand its mobile capabilities. Yes, I read the information about mobility equipment such as Smartphones and tablet computers, but many people would like to know more about Intel Corp. business plan and direction for this project. Peter Clarke, we will be looking for a follow-up article to this one in the future.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited and entire Japan semi industry is downsizing. The LTE transceiver was a valuable asset. Maybe FSL did not have wherewithal to compete with QCOM (high end) and MTEK (low end), and 'decided to better sell the group'. Also rocking FSL is the ongoing (failed?) attempt to merge with Panasonic Semiconductor.
Multi-mode multi-band modems and front end RFICs are the new "platforms" of the industry. Such solutions for smartphones are a Kings game. Only the cash rich need apply. Even for Intel, success does not come easy or quick.
Intel had tried WiMax and then trying to enter into mobile market with LTE modem. Yups agree that mobile RF is getting very complicated and success rates are very low. Hope Intel make good progress with this aquisition.