The shift to LTE and its lower cost per bit, lower latency, and faster data rates has been taking the mobile ecosystem to the next level. Mobile baseband processor vendors are struggling to compete here. Integrated platforms across multiple key mobile semiconductor components have been important, and Qualcomm has certainly been well positioned to take advantage of that. In the meantime, other LTE chipset vendors are waiting for the ecosystem to be ready for some of the unique features they are offering in anticipation of demand.
This report investigates the LTE chipset vendors and their product offerings. It examines different aspects of LTE baseband processors, including the vendors and products offered with different levels of integration across application processor, baseband processor, and wireless connectivity. In addition, the report looks at which vendors and products support carrier aggregation, and how much maximum spectrum they can support with said carrier aggregation, and which companies and products support Category 4 LTE. It looks at which vendors support TD-SCDMA, and which have single mode LTE products. Forecast trends are included for baseband generation, air interfaces, integrated platforms, and multimode versus single mode LTE in handsets. Finally, 11 of the 19 LTE baseband vendors are profiled.