4G IP Landscape More Varied than 3G
One of the major factors that has kept average royalty rates very high in WCDMA devices is the fact that 12 companies own 80% of the essential IP, with four of those owning nearly 60%. In order to access essential patents, device vendors not among that top four are subject to cumulative royalty rates that can climb to 28.5%. ABI Research asserts that the 4G royalty landscape will be far more diverse, and this alone will allow average royalty rates in 4G devices to be lower than in their 3G equivalents. License trading will be more commonplace, especially in the WiMAX environment, where over 350 companies own essential IP.
ST Unveils 1-Gbit and 512-Mbit 65nm Multi-Level Cell NOR Flash
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leading supplier of Flash memory solutions for mobile phones, announced the availability of the 65nm PR family of NOR Flash memory. Based on fourth-generation multi-level-cell (MLC) technology, the 65nm PR family is fully hardware and software compatible with the existing 90nm NOR Flash PR family, providing an easy migration path for customers, while offering increased memory density and improved performance.
Altera, TES Debut FPGA-Based PCI Graphics Controller IP
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and TES Electronic Solutions announced the immediate availability of an FPGA-based high-quality PCI graphics intellectual property (IP) core for automotive and industrial display applications. The TES Display Controller/Accelerated Vector Engine (D/AVE) PCI IP core allows systems designers to quickly integrate specific graphics functions such as high-quality thin film transistor (TFT) pixel rendering into all of Altera’s low-cost Cyclone(R) and high-end Stratix(R) series FPGAs.
Design Once, Make Many with Altera Automotive Graphics System
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) introduced the Altera(R) Automotive Graphics System (AAGS), a scalable solution that enables design engineers to quickly and efficiently design multiple automotive infotainment products based on a single electronic design. Implemented in Altera’s low-cost Cyclone(R) series or high-performance Stratix(R) series FPGAs, the AAGS enables designers to overcome the lengthy and costly design cycles of fixed-function graphic controllers.
Wavesat Showcases 802.16e at WiMAX Forum Mobile PlugFest
Wavesat, a leading supplier of 802.16d/e WiMAX semiconductor solutions, participated in the WiMAX Forum’s second public Mobile PlugFest. Wavesat’s UMobile(TM) products are among the WiMAX(TM) technologies that have been submitted for the PlugFest taking place at the AT4 wireless labs in Malaga, Spain from February 11 to 17, 2007. This Mobile PlugFest provides an opportunity for WiMAX companies to test interoperability of base stations and end user devices prior to entering the official WiMAX Forum certification process scheduled for mid-year.
Mercury Unveils Momentum AXA-110 AMC with Intel Core 2 Duo
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the Momentum(TM) Series AXA-110 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), which uses a dual-core Intel(R) processor combined with an FPGA (field-programmable gate array) for flexible switch fabric connectivity. AMCs provide the modularity for demanding telecom and military communications, and the AXA-110 is ideally suited for the processing and communications heart of AdvancedTCA(R) or MicroTCA(TM) systems.