By: Will Strauss
Other LTE modem tidbits
Altair has announced that its FourGee-3100/6202 chipset has been selected to connect the new HP Chromebook 11.6″ LTE as the first affordable Chromebook with 4G LTE connectivity, and currently the only LTE-only Chromebook available.
The same single-mode LTE chipset is at the core of the Ellipsis 7 tablet, the first-ever device marked under Verizon Wireless’ own brand. Q4/13 was the company’s best quarter ever, so it’s on a roll. Altair’s FourGee-3800/6300 a Cat 4 LTE-A solution with VoLTE capability will also be introduced this quarter.
Broadcom is doubling down on its multimode LTE modem/RF solution acquired from Renesas Mobile, and apparently abandoning efforts related to its earlier-acquired Beceem LTE technology. The company is planning on a multimode thin modem running Cat 6 LTE-A with 300 Mbps downloads in mid-2014. The modem will also have TD-SCDMA capability for China Mobile implementation.
Nvidia’s 500i LTE modem is now qualified at AT&T and Vodafone and at CES the company indicated that it would be showing its integrated Tegra 4i baseband/application processor in a branded cellphone at MWC next month.