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Intel gets serious about wireless

Agam Shah | March 5, 2013
The fact that LTE connectivity is becoming ubiquitous in smartphones and tablets isn't lost on Intel, which aims for its baseband processors to be used in more mobile devices and base stations.

As Intel focuses on mobile devices, the ability to provide a baseband processor is a step in the right direction, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst for Mercury Research.

"What we're seeing is the evolution of what the expected architecture is going to be. You are going to get your application and baseband processor from the same vendor," McCarron said.

The industry has moved in the direction of including more smartphone components inside a chip, McCarron said. Qualcomm was the first to integrate a modem inside its Snapdragon chips and Nvidia just introduced Tegra 4i, which integrates an LTE modem with a Cortex-A9 ARM processor.

"I wouldn't say it's the last remaining piece, but it's a critical piece," McCarron said.

 

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