The Transformative Technology sector looks at innovative technologies that are likely to transform the consumer lifestyle, enable new use cases, and increase productivity, while significantly reducing both capital and operation expenditures. The topics covered provide deep analysis of specific technologies already enabling new use cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables, consumer, industrial, and service robotics, and smart cities. The sector will also cover technologies that are beyond the immediate horizon, which will truly transform business and society over a five to fifteen year period. These include Cognitive and Neuromorphic Computing, Quantum Computing, 5G networks and beyond, and new materials and lithographic processes that will likely extend Moore’s Law to new milestones with materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
With the market for LTE devices picking up rapidly in some regions, driven by user demand and operator pushes, LTE is quickly becoming a must have as part of a baseband solution. Already some mobile operators are looking at LTE-only devices which are a market reality today on Verizon Wireless' network. Originally, the WiMAX chipset vendors were the first to offer LTE chipsets, but now most of the larger baseband chipset vendors have LTE offerings on the market or about to hit the market. ABI Research takes a look at implementations and innovations these companies have in order to objectively compare them.