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Verizon and NimbeLink demonstrate live Cat M1 network for IoT

Verizon Wireless is moving closer to connecting meters and asset trackers directly to its LTE network. Modem maker NimbeLink said it has demonstrated a live Category M1 connection on the Verizon Wireless LTE network. The company connected its device directly to Verizon's ThingSpace platform...

OMG! IoT IRL at ARMTechCon

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Wearables and wireless have helped Matt Du Puy conquer mountains. Du Puy, a software engineer at ARM, earlier this year used ARM-powered technology during his summit of Annapurna, the 10th-tallest mountain peak in the world. Du Puy, who has also summited...

Chip news from Sequans, Renesas, Intel and Texas Instruments

Sequans wins contracts for LTE-only modems LTE-only modems are gaining traction on both sides of the Pacific, with China Telecom announcing today that its upcoming LTE launch will include devices powered by Sequans' single-mode TD-LTE CPE units. The devices will be made by Chinese manufacturers...

Broadcom to buy Renesas’s LTE assets

Broadcom (BRCM) is hoping to jump start its LTE chip business by buying Renesas's LTE chip assets for $164 million. Japan's Renesas bought the chip business from Nokia 3 years ago for $200 million, but decided a few months ago to sell the unit....

Bits & Bytes: GSA announces 3 new members; Jumptap receives new patent; and more

Orange Business Services is introducing Business Together as a Service, a unified communication solution designed to enable an innovative way of working and collaborating. Business Together as a Service allows Unified Communications solutions to be offered via the cloud, using an “as a service”...

Nvidia to acquire Icera, give Qualcomm a run for its money

As predicted by RCR Wireless News at the Mobile World Congress event earlier this year in Barcelona, Spain, mobile processor maker Nvidia Corp. said it will acquire 3G/4G baseband chip maker Icera Inc.The news is significant, because despite Nvidia's success over the past...

Silicon Valley semiconductor firms going strong

The chips are certainly not down for the semiconductor industry, with market research firm Gartner announcing the total market was up 30% ($70.7 billion) in 2010, totaling almost $300 billion. Santa Clara based chip maker Intel topped the market for the 19th consecutive year, despite a...

Imagination Technologies shows off mobile graphics prowess with 5x performance boost

Most people probably haven't heard of the firm Imagination Technologies, but with the firm supplying the IP for around 80% of the world's mobile graphics, you might want to sit up and pay attention.Imagination Technologies has long been the darling of the world's largest...

Capital Markets: O3B closes funding round; Renesas completes Nokia modem buy; and more

O3B Networks, which is building a satellite Internet backbone for telecom operaters and ISPs, said it closed its final funding round prior to its service launch, bringing its total financing to $1.2 billion. The funding will carry the company through the launch of its...

Nokia sells modem business to Renesas Electronics

Nokia Corp. (NOK) has completed the sale of its wireless modem business to Renesas Electronics, the company reported. The unit was responsible for the development of Nokia's wireless modem technologies for LTE, HSPA and GSM.The sale and transfer of nearly 1,100 employees highlights the...

Alliances: Renesas teams with Nokia; Wataniya chooses Astellia solution; and more

Nokia Corp. (NOK) and Renesas Electronics Corp. formed a strategic business alliance that calls for Renesas to acquire Nokia's wireless modem business for about $200 million. The alliance also calls for long-term joint research cooperation on future radio technologies.ComScore Inc. (SCOR) acquired the products...

Nokia sells off wireless modem business

In an attempt to shed some flab, Finnish phone maker Nokia is selling off its wireless modem business unit to Japan’s Renesas Electronic for $200 million.

Alliances: Russia's MTS to NSN, Aricent and Nepal Telecom, and more

Appalachian Wireless said it will implement 14 of Transaction Network Services' roaming, network and database solutions in an effort to strengthen its mobile roaming program.Aricent said Nepal Telecom has awarded the company a three-year systems integration contract to provide Convergent Mediation and Convergent Interconnect...

Renesas Electronics shows off smart home demo

This month, NEC Electronics merged with Renesas Technology, giving birth to a brand new semiconductor manufacturer, Renesas Electronics. Showing off its wares at ESC in California, Renesas had a smart home demo set up.

Renesas Electronics shows off smart home demo

This month, NEC Electronics merged with Renesas Technology, giving birth to a brand new semiconductor manufacturer, Renesas Electronics. Showing off its wares at ESC in California, Renesas had a smart home demo set up. The demo shows how smart energy technologies and eco-friendly devices can...

On the run? Forget cash, just wave the magic phone: Commercial launch of NFC imminent

The advent of contactless payment technology in mobile handsets ushers in big possibilities for credit-card companies, network operators, and handset and chip vendors-if all parties can agree on an equitable business model. For consumers, new technologies such as near field communication, or NFC, offer...

Philips Semiconductor sold to private-equity firm: Repositions for future competition

Look out, Texas Instruments Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG. Your closest competitor in EDGE baseband chips and W-CDMA RF transceivers, respectively-Philips Semiconductor-has a new, ambitious owner anxious to position its acquisition to eat your lunch. Or at least grow Philips Semiconductor by feeding on...

Renesas shipping single-chip W-CDMA LSI for evaluation

TOKYO-Renesas Technology Corp. said it has started shipping evaluation samples of a single-chip LSI it developed jointly with NTT DoCoMo Inc.The LSI was developed for dual-mode mobile handsets that support W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS systems. The companies expect the LSI to promote worldwide use of...

RF Micro Devices set to exceed expectations, says Lehman

Investors cheered a report that predicted chipmaker RF Micro Devices Inc. is scoring additional business with the likes of Motorola Inc. and Nokia Corp. and that the company likely would exceed its expectations for the coming quarter.RF Micro Devices' stock was up almost 8...

Renesas debuts videophone software

TOKYO-Renesas Technology Corp. released details about its Mobile Videophone Middleware Package software. The new product adds video conferencing capability to the company's SH-Mobile series of application processors. The software, which includes echo-canceller and noise-suppression functions, conforms to the 3G-324M third-generation mobile-phone audiovisual communications standard.The...

Renesas forms design company in France

TOKYO-Renesas Technology Corp. announced it formed a new design company, Renesas Design France S.A.S in Rennes, France, which the company said will develop and design baseband LSIs for phones. Renesas has been supplying system LSIs for mobile phones since the company's establishment. The company...

UbiNetics partners with Renesas on W-CDMA, HSDPA

TOKYO-UbiNetics and Renesas Technology Corp. said they have signed an agreement to develop what they describe as the first radio-frequency solution supporting W-CDMA and High Speed Downlink Packet Access in the frequency bands used in Japan, Europe and the United States.This marks the second...

Memory vendors to see shift from HSDPA technology

OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-High Speed Download Packet Access technology stands to create a major shift in the cellular handset memory market when the technology is deployed in networks and handsets beginning next year, according to research from Allied Business Intelligence.The technology will put pressure on...

DoCoMo makes second chip-company investment with TI deal

TOKYO-In its second such announcement in as many days, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced it will invest $50.3 million in Texas Instruments Inc. over two years to jointly develop a single-chip LSI, making FOMA 3G handsets compatible with both W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks.Currently,...

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