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Samsung readies dual-mode 4G TDD/FDD LTE phones for China

Samsung Electronics is positioning itself to be one of the first handset vendors to tap into China’s upcoming market for 4G services by introducing new Galaxy S4 phones capable of operating on both FDD and TDD LTE networks. The South Korean company will bring FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini phones to China once the country officially launches commercial 4G services, the company said on Thursday. Currently, most Western nations are deploying 4G networks using FDD LTE technology. But in China, the government has been heavily promoting the use of TDD LTE networks. The country’s largest carrier, China Mobile, with 740 million customers, has been building trial networks with the 4G standard.Local officials have said China will issue the 4G commercial licenses later this year. Research firm IDC expects that could be as soon as September. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and Samsung reigns as the country’s top vendor with a 19 percent share, according to IDC. The research firm’s forecasts show that in 2014, a quarter of all smartphones shipped to China will be designed for 4G networks. By 2017, that figure will reach 50 percent Samsung’s dual mode phones will allow users to seamlessly roam over different LTE networks, the company said. The handset maker plans to launch other TDD-LTE devices in other markets in the third quarter.

Outside of China, TDD LTE networks are seeing growing adoption in certain nations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. 

In Australia, local carrier Optus will launch the FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode phones in a few weeks.

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Sprint promises wide rollout and device support for ex-Clearwire spectrum

Sprint says it will have live LTE sites using former Clearwire spectrum across the U.S. next year and expects all its new mobile devices in 2014 to be equipped for those frequencies — though not necessarily iPhones.

The company gave an update on progress in its Network Vision upgrade project during a conference call on Tuesday to discuss second-quarter financial results, according to a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha. Earlier this month, the fourth-largest U.S. mobile operator got a shot in the arm with its US$21.6 billion acquisition by SoftBank and also bought out former partner Clearwire.

With the Clearwire acquisition, Sprint got access to an emerging Clearwire LTE network that it plans to use for extra mobile data capacity in densely populated areas. Though it uses a slightly different form of LTE than Sprint’s and operates in a relatively short-range spectrum band, around 2.5GHz, the former Clearwire network could give the carrier a large amount of capacity to bolster services in cities.

The network had been intended for Sprint’s use through the longstanding partnership between the two companies, but Sprint’s takeover of Clearwire gave that plan a more solid foundation.

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Official: Audi first to bring LTE to the car later this year

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It appears Audi will be the first to market with in-car LTE service later this year. We knew that BMW was working on LTE integration last year with its ConnectedDrive, and we’ve been told that, by the end of 2015, most General Motors products will have it, but LTE can be ordered on the S3 Sportback (pictured) as soon as July. Other models in the A3 line-up will add the option in November.

Inserting an LTE-enabled SIM card into the Audi’s MMI navigation will make the S3 a WLAN hotspot that can quickly shuffle high-definition content from the cloud to the cockpit. It will also bolster Audi Connect services like Google Earth, Facebook and Twitter, e-mail, and streaming internet radio.

We’ve been told that we’ll be offered the LTE option when the 2015 A3 sedan gets here in the spring of 2014. Since the service requires you to provide a SIM card, we expect that costs and data caps will be a matter between you and the service provider; speaking of which, Audi hasn’t announced yet who that provider will be on this side of the Atlantic. The press release below has more details.

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$32 Million In 31 Days?

By Karsten Strauss, Forbes Staff

On paper it seems an almost impossible goal: raise $32 million in a month through a crowdfunding campaign in order to roll out a new high-end cellular phone. But that’s exactly what UK-based technology company, Canonical, is looking to do. The company created Ubuntu (pronounced Oo-Boon-Too), a Linux-based operating system that integrates PC, tablet, mobile and television formats. Its newest smartphone project – which is called The Ubuntu Edge – will be its first piece of phone hardware, if it’s funded. The phone will boast a 4.5-inch sapphire crystal screen, 720p screen with a multi-core processor, 4GB of RAM, dual LTE antennas and 128GB of storage. The Edge will run Ubuntu’s OS as well as Android, according to its campaign pitch. Price? You can buy one through the crowdfunding campaign for $830. (See Canonical’s  pitch of The Ubuntu Edge below) But can the company reach its $32 million mark? As of July 23, the campaign had raised almost $3.5 million on Indiegogo. The best reason to believe that the company can is Canonical’s 39-year-old CEO and founder, Mark Shuttleworth. The successful, South African serial entrepreneur was not named one of FORBES’ “12 Most Disruptive Names In Business” this year for nothing. In a move akin to charging a heard of oncoming bulls, Shuttleworth has puts his company head to head with deeply entrenched competitors by crafting a third operating system that plays in multiple device categories. In the mobile space, Ubuntu is up against Apple’s OS and Google’s Android, among others. In the PC realm – where Shuttleworth estimates some 20 million use Ubuntu– Microsoft is king. The company also has ambitions in the TV space. Shuttleworth’s obviously not one to do things the easy way (his idea of vacation spots have included Antarctica and the International Space Station). …read more

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Newer versions of LTE to make rapid advances, ABI says

Emerging technologies for 4G LTE networks are expected to make rapid advances over the next few years, helping mobile networks keep up with data growth and bringing more users worldwide into the LTE fold.

By 2018, a majority of the world’s LTE subscriptions will be on networks that use either TD (time-division) LTE or features from the emerging LTE-Advanced standard, according to an ABI Research forecast released on Monday.

At the same time that mobile operators are still expanding infrastructure based on FD (frequency-division) LTE, the earliest version of the high-speed mobile system, the two more recent technologies are fast making inroads, according to ABI analyst Nick Marshall. They may dominate networks of large, outdoor “macro” cells by 2015, Marshall said.

TD-LTE uses one band of frequencies to send traffic both downstream and upstream, while FD-LTE uses separate, equal-size bands for the two directions. TD-LTE makes LTE possible in countries that license so-called unpaired spectrum. It also lets operators dedicate more capacity to downstream traffic, such as Web and video content, than to upstream traffic such as photo uploads.

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Jono Bacon: Announcing the Ubuntu Edge

Last week many of you will have seen the teasers that were shared on www.ubuntu.com. As you can imagine, our community, the press, and others picked up on this with rampant curiosity of what was to come. I am delighted to see the news is now out there, and boy, is this exciting.

In a nutshell, today we are kicking off an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to fund a fully converged device called Ubuntu Edge.

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The Ubuntu Edge will dual boot Ubuntu and Android, and will transform into a PC when docked with a monitor, with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone’s files. For this it needs the power of a PC, so Ubuntu Edge will be equipped with the latest, fastest processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of storage.

Every week on my weekly Q&A many of you ask when you can buy a fully converged Ubuntu device in which you can use it as a phone and boot a desktop, and here it is. Now is the opportunity to not only buy one, but to contribute to showing your support for an Ubuntu converged device by contributing to the campaign.

The Ubuntu Edge is not only functionally powerful though. This beautifully crafted device replaces the traditional glass screen with a pure Sapphire crystal, so tough it could only be scratched by diamond. It will also pioneer the use of long-life silicon anode battery technology. A special dual-LTE solution will allow high-speed roaming with access to 4G-LTE broadband in both Europe and the US.

I know many of you who are reading this will be interested in the technical specs, which are:

  • Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
  • Becomes a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM
  • 128GB of storage for photos, music, content
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD display with pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after diamond
  • Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front
  • Faster connection all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • Connect to HDMI TVs and monitors easily with MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm.

(specifications are subject to change)

All in all this is a beautiful powerhouse for running a fully converged Ubuntu experience – not just a phone, but a phone and your desktop all in one package that looks and feels uniquely Ubuntu.

The Campaign

For the next 30 days our goal is to reach $32 million, an unprecedented amount raised in a crowd-sourcing campaign. Fortunately we have an incredible global community, and we are asking each of you to contribute what you can to the campaign.

The idea is simple: by committing $600 (£394) on day one, or $810 (£532) thereafter, you will receive one of these ground-breaking mobile devices in …read more

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AT&T to acquire prepaid mobile carrier Leap Wireless

AT&T plans to acquire Leap Wireless, operator of the Cricket prepaid mobile service, in what would be the latest consolidation of the U.S. mobile industry.

AT&T announced late Friday it has agreed to acquire Leap for US$15 per share, nearly double the company’s closing stock price Friday. Multiplied by Leap’s 79 million shares, that comes out to approximately US$1.185 billion. AT&T would also assume Leap’s $2.8 billion of net debt. The deal needs to be approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice, among other conditions, and AT&T expects it to close in six to nine months.

Leap was widely expected to be the next domino to fall after SoftBank bought No. 3 carrier Sprint for $21.6 billion, a deal that also allowed Sprint to absorb Clearwire. Earlier this year, No. 4 T-Mobile US acquired MetroPCS, another regional budget carrier.

Leap has about 5 million subscribers, a relatively small addition to AT&T’s stated 107.3 million wireless customers. But the acquisition will also give AT&T more spectrum licenses, a key asset to have as operators look toward growing demand for mobile capacity over the coming years. Leap holds licenses covering 137 million U.S. residents, and these are largely complementary to AT&T’s own spectrum, the companies said. AT&T said Leap has unutilized spectrum covering 41 million people, which AT&T will immediately use to further its LTE deployment.

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2 Numbers Verizon Stock Investors Should Know Ahead of Earnings

By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool

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Waging wireless war isn’t easy. But for investors tuning in this earnings season, there’s no better gauge for who’s winning than smartphone activations. Or, more specifically, iPhone activations.

Of the 9.8 million smart handsets Verizon activated in Q4, 6.2 million were iPhones. Investors can expect a sequential decline when the carrier reports earnings this week. But gains over last year’s 3.2 million iPhones sold is also to be expected, especially in light of how slow AT&T has with offering LTE in major metropolitan areas.

For its part, Wall Street is expecting first-quarter revenue to grow 4.6% to $29.54 billion, resulting in $0.65 of profit per share. The company beat earnings estimates in each of the first three quarters of 2012, only to record a 10% miss in the Q4, according to data supplied by Yahoo! Finance. Verizon stock is up more than 34% over that period.

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How Verizon Talked Steve Jobs Into an LTE iPhone

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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The first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone that Verizon Wireless launched was the HTC Thunderbolt, which was released back in March 2011. Over the next year and a half, the rest of the Google Android army would follow suit with a slew of LTE devices for Big Red‘s network. While the technology promised incredibly fast speeds, battery life dampened popularity since early LTE phones were prone to running out of juice prematurely.

It wouldn’t be until September 2012 that Apple would launch the iPhone 5, its first LTE smartphone. Many questioned Apple’s competitive prospects in early 2012, saying the iPhone 4S couldn’t compete with newer Android flagships due to the lack of LTE. In technologies where Apple isn’t the first mover, its strategy is to perfect it. In the case of LTE, Apple’s advances in battery engineering allowed the iPhone 5 to maintain respectable battery life.

Speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters conference recently, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam provided some insight into how he was able to talk Steve Jobs into launching an LTE iPhone, even though the device wouldn’t be released until a year after Jobs’ death.

You had me at hello
McAdam notes that video content now comprises roughly 50% of all wireless traffic served up over Big Red‘s network. Verizon estimates that by 2017, that figure will climb to nearly 66%. With such overwhelming consumer demand for video streaming, 3G technologies were bottlenecking the experience since most video clips would need to buffer before properly playing back. With 4G LTE, streaming video could be viable.

The executive recalled how he convinced Jobs:

I was really trying to sell him and he sat there without any reaction. Finally, he said, “Enough. You had me at 10 Mbps. I know you can stream video at 10 Mbps.” And Apple’s next phone was LTE.

Naturally, knowing how important video streaming is played a factor in Verizon’s partnership with Coinstar to launch Redbox Instant to challenge Netflix. Redbox Instant still isn’t a match for the dominant video streamer, but it’s a start.

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Is the iPhone 5 About to Disappear?

By Adam Levine-Weinberg, The Motley Fool

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Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has reliably updated the device once a year. For the past several iterations, beginning with the release of the iPhone 3GS in 2009, Apple has dropped the price of the previous model by $100 to provide a lower-cost option for price-sensitive customers. Thus, the typical price structure for the current iPhone options in the U.S. — assuming a two-year contract and a carrier subsidy — is the following:

Standard U.S. iPhone Pricing



iPhone 5


iPhone 4S


iPhone 4


Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the next-generation iPhone, thought to be called the “iPhone 5S,” will enter production this quarter. Analysts believe that time frame puts Apple on track to release the iPhone 5S in June or July. But I don’t think Apple will follow its previous custom by dropping the iPhone 5 subsidized price to $99 this summer.

The iPhone 5. Source: Apple.

Instead, the company may choose to discontinue the iPhone 5 when its replacement arrives. That would line up with the strategy Apple followed for the most recent iPad update: The fourth-generation iPad replaced the third-generation iPad as the high-end model, with the iPad 2 remaining in production as a cheaper alternative.

New iPhone coming
The main rationale for a new high-end iPhone is to keep the pressure up on Apple’s competitors. BlackBerry finally released its new Z10 all-touch smartphone in the U.S. last month, and CEO Thorsten Heins has publicly called the iPhone “outdated.” Meanwhile, major Google Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC are releasing new flagship phones this spring. Last year, Samsung used the gap between its spring release of the Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 5’s fall debut to pick up significant market share.

Apple needs to update the iPhone sooner rather than later to keep its products in the spotlight and bolster its position vis-a-vis Android phone vendors. However, it needs to do so without putting further pressure on its profitability, which has become a concern recently.

Gross margin is the key
The introduction of the iPhone 5 dented Apple’s gross margin, which dropped 610 basis points year over year, from 44.7% to 38.6%, in the fall quarter. Some of these increased costs relative to the 4S were temporary, as the iPhone 5 required a new manufacturing process, new equipment, and other upfront costs. However, while those initial cost headwinds may be subsiding, the iPhone 5 still includes more expensive components than the iPhone 4S — better screen, LTE modem, and the like.

In the fall quarter, Apple was able to make up for the lower-margin profile of the iPhone 5 and other products by boosting revenue. In contrast, the company is expected to post a significant year-over-year decline in profit this quarter. To restart earnings growth, Apple needs to halt or (preferably) reverse its gross-margin decline.

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Another Analyst Gets Even More Bullish on Qualcomm

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Following a bullish note on Qualcomm from Susquehanna analyst Chris Caso, the mobile chip giant is getting another analyst vote of approval today. This time, we’re talking about Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley boosting his estimates on Qualcomm’s prospects.

The analyst is reiterating a “buy” rating on the company while adding a couple bucks to his price target, bringing it to $85. Walkley believes that Qualcomm’s core businesses are holding up admirably to recent assaults from Broadcom , Intel, and NVIDIA . In fact, he’s even raising his market share estimates.

In February, Broadcom announced a new LTE baseband chip to target the discrete modem market, supporting next-generation technologies like LTE Advanced carrier aggregation. There is even speculation that Broadcom is looking to expand its relationship with Apple beyond Wi-Fi combo chips, and that the company was hoping to score another iPhone spot.

That same month, NVIDIA reached a major competitive milestone with its Tegra 4i. Previously code-named “Grey,” the Tegra 4i is NVIDIA‘s first applications processor with an integrated LTE modem. Qualcomm’s focus on integration has been a key driver of its smartphone market share gains, and NVIDIA wants a piece of that success.

Even though rivals are sampling competing chips this year, Canaccord believes that Qualcomm’s third-generation chipsets still boast considerable advantages to the first-generation silicon of other companies, particularly in areas like global and support and TD inclusion. LTE frequency fragmentation is also a tough nut to crack for newer entrants.

Like Caso, Walkley also sees Qualcomm benefiting greatly from Samsung’s new Galaxy S4. While only about a third of Galaxy S III variants were LTE enabled, the analyst estimates that two-thirds of Galaxy S4 variants will feature LTE connectivity. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors also seem to be in more Galaxy S4 variants this year instead of Samsung’s own Exynos. Add in the fact that Galaxy S4 units should come in at about 100 million over the next year, up from approximately 65 million Galaxy S III units to date, and you get a recipe for some healthy revenue upside.

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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies' PXT Wireless Communications Test Set Selected by Tri-L Solutions f

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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ PXT Wireless Communications Test Set Selected by Tri-L Solutions for LTE Over-the-Air Test

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYS: A) today announced that Tri-L Solutions Inc. has selected Agilent’s PXT wireless communications test set and integrated it with Tri-L Solutions SmarTest measurement software for testing LTE over the air.

LTE OTA test is a mandatory certification test to ensure that radiation from wireless devices meets required standards and that customers experience satisfactory performance,” said David Wei, general manager of Agilent’s China Communication Operation. “We are delighted that Tri-L Solutions chose to integrate our PXT wireless communications test set for LTE OTA with its SmarTest software. The active antenna pattern measurement delivered by this integration is crucial for research and development to optimize antenna performance.”

“The combination of the test chamber’s performance and the measurement instrument’s performance are critical to achieve optimal performance on the overall requirements for the complete OTA test system,” said Yangguang Xu,CEO of Tri-L Solutions. “Closely working with Agilent, we found a win-win solution to maximize the performance of the entire system. We are pleased to announce that Tri-L Solutions now offers the LTE OTA test solution to our customers by integrating Agilent PXT with our OTA test chambers.”

The Tri-L anechoic chamber-based OTA test system provides an accurate, fast and cost-effective way to verify wireless devices and antennas over the air. Tri-L Solutions offers multiple product lines with different sizes, portability and cost to address testing needs in R&D, parts evaluation, certification and manufacturing. Tri-L’s patented technologies and SmarTest software enable customers to quickly and accurately test 2G/3G TRP/TIS OTA in the anechoic chamber. The integration of Agilent PXT extends Tri-L solutions to cover the LTE OTA test.

The Agilent PXT wireless communication test set represents a significant breakthrough in testing LTE user equipment. It incorporates flexible base station/network emulation and RF parametric tests into one integrated unit and extends Agilent’s unmatched portfolio of LTE test solutions for development and verification. The PXT hardware is configurable with a number of software options for advanced testing and analysis.

Additional information about Agilent’s wide range of LTE measurement and analysis solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/LTE.

About Tri-L Solutions

Tri-L Solutions Inc., a branch of General Test Systems Inc., is a wireless terminal OTA test system and solution provider for the …read more

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Ericsson Buying Microsoft's Mediaroom Business

By Chris Neiger, The Motley Fool

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Ericsson is acquiring Microsoft‘s Mediaroom TV business, which it says will make it “the leading provider of IPTV [Internet Protocol television] and multi-screen solutions with a market share of over 25%.”

The purchase announced today is expected to go through in the second half of 2013. Mediaroom provides the technology for TV services like AT&T‘s U-verse, Swisscom, Telefonica, and others around the world. Mediaroom-powered TV services total more than 22 million set top boxes, according to today’s announcement from Ericsson. 

“The importance of video distribution capabilities for the customers and their consumers will be increasing as more and more LTE networks are deployed and filled with smartphone users,” Ericsson said.

According to Ericsson, the global IPTV market is estimated to reach 76 million subscribers in 2013, growing to 105 million subscribers in 2015.

The Ericsson statement said that Mediaroom will be incorporated into the company’s Business Unit Support Solutions department. Mediaroom is in Mountain View, Calif., and employs more than 400 people worldwide. The press release did not include a purchase price.


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Utah Scientific Chooses Mindspeed's New SDI Equalizer with Integrated Jitter Cleaner for the New UDS

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Utah Scientific Chooses Mindspeed’s New SDI Equalizer with Integrated Jitter Cleaner for the New UDS Routing Switcher 3G Interconnects

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NAS: MSPD) , a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for broadcast video infrastructure announced that Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, has chosen Mindspeed’s new M21564 adaptive equalizer for its UTAH-100/ Universal Distribution System (UDS) that combines the cost advantages of distribution amplifiers with the flexibility of a routing switcher in one compact package.

“We are excited to be able to use Mindspeed’s new SDI equalizer with integrated jitter cleaner device for our new routing switcher designs,” said Jeff Levie, chief technology officer of Utah Scientific. “Being the first of its kind, the new equalizer has the potential to dramatically improve equipment design while enabling a new generation of lower power, high-performance routers. As density continues to increase, technologies such as this are essential for allowing us to improve performance, while at the same time reducing power consumption. We are excited at being able to harness this technology to provide the broadcast market with new and innovative broadcast solutions.”

“Our M21564 adaptive equalizer with integrated jitter cleaner extends reach and provides significant margin that equipment vendors need for their next generation broadcast video system designs,” said Gary Shah, vice president of product marketing, high-performance analog, at Mindspeed. “We are pleased that Utah Scientific has chosen our industry leading solution.”

Mindspeed will be demonstrating the adaptive equalizer with integrated jitter cleaner at the 2013 NAB Show at its booth, #N2834 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8-11, 2013.

About Mindspeed Technologies

Mindspeed Technologies (NAS: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company’s low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The company’s high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed’s products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.

To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.

Have Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry Hit a Dead End?

By Adam Levine-Weinberg, The Motley Fool

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Last September, Apple released its latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, to great fanfare. Nevertheless, many pundits claimed that the new iPhone was a disappointment; it didn’t seem innovative compared with its predecessors. The iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, has a bigger screen (4 inches, as opposed to 3.5 inches), provides LTE support, and offers an upgraded camera and processor. However, to many observers, these features seemed like minor tweaks. The result was hysteria about whether innovation at Apple had died along with Steve Jobs.  Apple’s stock subsequently dropped 40% in less than six months.

Apple Price Chart: 9/21/12-3/21/13; data by YCharts.

Strictly speaking, Apple critics may be right that the company’s smartphone designs won’t be as innovative in the future as they were in the past. However, that’s primarily because Apple began with a great concept, so that the iPhone quickly became the gold standard among smartphones. By the time the iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, there wasn’t much left for Apple to improve on. (And that explains why the iPhone 4 remains so popular; demand outstripped supply in the fall quarter.)

Since 2010, Samsung and other vendors of Google Android phones have made significant progress to catch up with the iPhone. Recently, BlackBerry has taken a great leap forward as well. However, a look at the most recent product launches on rival platforms — Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry’s Z10 — suggests that Apple isn’t the only smartphone maker for which innovation is reaching a dead end. Smartphones are all converging toward a common look and feel, with similar capabilities.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, and BlackBerry Z10. Images from the manufacturers.

That doesn’t necessarily spell doom for smartphone makers. There are plenty of people who still don’t own a smartphone, or who have a low-end smartphone but will eventually want a better one. And as Henry Blodget recently argued, significant improvements to battery life could persuade many smartphone users to upgrade. Finally, smartphones don’t last forever. Manufacturers should see strong replacement cycles over time, because of the recent increase in smartphone penetration.

An iPhone clone?
When the BlackBerry Z10 was introduced in January, many observers quickly noted its visual similarity to the iPhone. Its 4.2-inch screen makes it just slightly bigger than the iPhone 5, and the Z10 is an all-touch device, differentiating it from most previous BlackBerry phones. While the user interface is significantly different from iOS and Android, the general experience is similar: It’s all about apps.

BlackBerry has talked up the differentiating features of its BB10 OS, such as the Hub (a collection point for emails, texts, social media messages, and so on) and BlackBerry Balance (a feature to separate personal data from work data). Still, most observers agree that there aren’t enough differences to persuade iOS or Android users to switch in significant numbers. In other words, it’s different, …read more

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AT&T Binges On LTE Buildout Chasing Verizon

By Trefis Team, Contributor

With Verizon racing away with its LTE expansion plans, AT&T is aggressively ramping up its own LTE roll-out. The second largest wireless carrier in the U.S. recently announced the addition of 14 new markets to its growing LTE coverage, taking its total tally to 175 and boosting its population coverage to over 170 million. …read more

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Analysts Debate: Is NVIDIA a Top Stock?

By Alex Planes, Sean Williams, and Travis Hoium, The Motley Fool

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The Motley Fool has been making successful stock picks for many years, but we don’t always agree on what a great stock looks like. That’s what makes us “motley,” and it’s one of our core values. We can disagree respectfully, as we often do. Investors do better when they share their knowledge.

In that spirit, we three Fools have banded together to find the market‘s best and worst stocks, which we’ll rate on The Motley Fool’s CAPS system as outperformers or underperformers. We’ll be accountable for every pick based on the sum of our knowledge and the balance of our decisions. Today, we’ll be discussing NVIDIA , one of the world’s leading graphics chip makers — and a growing presence in mobile devices.

NVIDIA by the numbers
Here’s a quick snapshot of the company’s most important numbers:


Result (TTM or Most Recent Available)

Market cap 

$7.6 billion

P/E and forward P/E

14.3 and 11.8


$4.3 billion

Net income

$563 million

Free cash flow

$641 million

Return on equity


R&D ratio


Market share

  • Discrete graphics processors: 17% 
  • Smartphone applications processors: 5% 
  • Tablet applications processors: 17% 

Sources: Morningstar, YCharts, and news reports.

Alex’s take
I think NVIDIA has a lot going for it, but there are a few reasons for caution, as well. For one thing, the company is finally making moves into integrated smartphone processors with the Tegra 4i, its first with LTE capability. That will take the fight to longtime integrated-smartphone-chip category killer Qualcomm and its Snapdragons. NVIDIA also happens to be the top chip maker for Google‘s Android tablets. That doesn’t mean as much today as it’s likely to in the future, as lower-cost tabs undermine the iPad’s dominance.

On the flip side, NVIDIA isn’t actually a category leader anywhere. Apple still dominates tablet chips by dint of its in-house chip designs. Qualcomm owns smartphone processors. You might think that NVIDIA leads in PC graphics chips, but that’s not true, either — Intel has a commanding lead in that segment, serving 63% of the GPU market to NVIDIA‘s 17% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Tegra 4i might change NVIDIA‘s fortunes in smartphones, but the company remains heavily reliant on its legacy graphics processors, as 81% of 2012 revenues came from the GPU segment. The Tegra segment has a long way to go to take over as NVIDIA‘s moneymaker.

In the end, after doing a detailed analysis of what I felt were NVIDIA‘s strengths and weaknesses, I’ve decided that it’s best to stay on the sidelines until the company’s future becomes clearer. To see how I arrived at this decision, click here to read my full report.

Sean’s take
NVIDIA has moved well beyond being just a graphics company, despite Wall Street‘s instance on valuing the company as if its Tegra line of processing chips …read more

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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate Latest RF Circuit, System and 3-D EM Design and Simu

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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate Latest RF Circuit, System and 3-D EM Design and Simulation Solutions at WAMICON

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYS: A) today announced it will demonstrate its latest RF circuit, system and 3-D electromagnetic design and simulation solutions at the 14th annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference. WAMICON 2013 will be held April 7-9 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

A gold-level sponsor of the event, Agilent will have technical experts and application engineers available for informal discussions and demonstrations pertaining to the unique applications of individual engineers.

“Engineers in the wireless communications and RF arenas today face a litany of design and test challenges brought about by rapidly evolving and increasingly complex standards and technologies,” said Charles Plott, product planning manager with Agilent EEsof EDA. “With its focus on addressing key aspects of wireless and RF technology, WAMICON 2013 will help engineers gain the information they need to succeed. Our presence at this event will further inform engineers of the latest innovations available to address the challenges they face.”

Agilent’s RF design and 3-D electromagnetic simulation solutions are based on its Advanced Design System 2012 platform, the world’s leading electronic design automation software for RF, microwave and high-speed digital applications. The software delivers breakthrough capabilities for multitechnology design inherent in today’s RF system-in-package components. ADS pioneers the most innovative and commercially successful technologies, such as X-parameters* and 3-D EM simulators, used by leading companies in the wireless communications, networking, aerospace and defense industries. For WiMAX™, LTE, multigigabit-per-second data links, radar and satellite applications, ADS provides full, standards-based design and verification with wireless libraries and circuit-system-EM cosimulation in an integrated platform.

Also playing an integral role in Agilent’s RF circuit, system and 3-D electromagnetic design and simulation solutions are EMPro and SystemVue. EMPro features a modern, efficient 3-D solid modeling environment, integration with the ADS design flow, and frequency and time-domain simulation. SystemVue offers integrated baseband and RF/µW system-level analysis, superior RF/µW modeling capabilities and easy-to-use links to measurement equipment.

The WAMICON 2013 Exhibition may be visited free of charge on Tuesday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software

Agilent EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed digital, RF system, …read more

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T-Mobile USA – Significant Progress in Q1 on the Branded Customer Business

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T-Mobile USA – Significant Progress in Q1 on the Branded Customer Business

Summary of First Quarter 2013 Preliminary Key Customer Results:

  • Total customer base increased 579,000 in the quarter to 34 million
  • Branded net customer additions were positive in the quarter, a significant improvement of 352,000 sequentially
  • Branded postpaid net customer losses improved to a loss of 199,000, a 61% improvement from a fourth quarter 2012 loss of 515,000
  • Branded prepaid additions of 202,000, increased sequentially from 166,000, marking the seventh consecutive quarter of branded prepaid customer additions; T-Mobile has added approximately 1.7 million branded prepaid customers over the past seven quarters
  • Branded postpaid churn declined to 1.9%, an improvement of 60 basis points sequentially and the best branded postpaid churn results in four years

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) today provided a preliminary view of key customer results for the first quarter of 2013, demonstrating continued positive momentum and the building of a solid foundation for growth. The Company generated positive branded net customer additions, a significant improvement in branded postpaid net customer losses and continued improvement in churn performance in the quarter. The business returned to branded customer growth in the first quarter, ahead of the March 26 Un-carrier launch which includes a radically simple unlimited plan; no annual service contracts; unbundling the cost of the plan and device with lowest up-front costs; introduction of iPhone 5; and launch of LTE in seven metropolitan areas. T-Mobile will release full first quarter 2013 results on May 8, 2013.

Preliminary Key Customer and Churn Performance Results

Total net customer additions for the first quarter of 2013 were 579,000, with total branded customer growth of 3,000 customers. This is a significant improvement from a net loss of 349,000 branded customers in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“These results display positive momentum and the first positive branded growth in four years,” said John Legere, President & CEO of T-Mobile USA. “We have made material progress in stabilizing our branded …read more

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