Broadcom unveils its first LTE chip to rival Qualcomm, Where's NVDA Jen?
What's NVDA done?
Ans. Not enough to warrant a rise in share price or be considered a threat to QCOM's dominance.
- Broadcom Corp said customers are now testing its first chip based on the latest high-speed wireless technology, creating new competition for bigger rival Qualcomm Inc, which was years ahead of the rest of the market.
Broadcom said on Tuesday it expects its chips for Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed devices to go into production in 2014. Many of the world's biggest service providers are building or already offering services based on LTE.
It appears we'll see Tegra4i reference platforms next week at MWC.
That suggests customers are testing it.
Either Nvidia is moving much faster than expected, or they have changed their approach to leaking and announcing products. I hope it's the latter, as heavily-leaked multi-year roadmaps are typically used to attack competitor's wins rather than assist customers with design planning.
Broadcom's first LTE radio just started sampling, but production is scheduled for 2014 if everything works as expected -
Hmmm, it will be 10 months minimally from sampling to production....tough telco business! Here is a lesson for those who always criticized NV being too late, too slow and failed to execute.
This modem, when operable, will be classified as Category 4 with down link speed of 150 Mbps. It's still NOT LTE-Advanced which will support carrier aggregation with downlink of 300 Mbps over 20 MHz of spectrum.