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Market Insight: LTE Micro and Macro Base Stations and Backhaul Equipment Are Next Growth Drivers in Communications Processors

Published: 10 October 2012

ID: G00239523

Analyst(s): Akshay K. Sharma, Alfonso Velosa , Martin Reynolds , Michele Reitz, Sergis Mushell


Fundamental changes are sweeping the cellular industry, with small-cell base stations being used to extend Long Term Evolution coverage across the network. A new breed of processors is required to address the need for microcells, macrocells and the corresponding wireless backhaul infrastructure.

Table Of Contents


  • Mobile Traffic Is Increasing Tenfold
  • The Opportunity for Advanced Communications Processors
    • Variety of Cell Sizes Puts New Requirements on the Control Plane
    • Heterogeneous Cores Needed

Background and Context

The Impact


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