Monday, January 6, 2014

CES 2014: ZTE's Flagship Grand Memo LTE Smartphone Achieves China Mobile TD-LTE Certification with Marvell's Industry Leading 4G LTE Solution.

MARVELL LOGO / Marvell is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. (PRNewsFoto/Marvell)

Marvell  today announced that ZTE's flagship Grand Memo LTE smartphone has achieved China Mobile TD-LTE certification with Marvell's industry leading 4G LTE solution. Marvell's ARMADA® Mobile PXA1802 4G LTE modem enables ZTE's first TD-LTE smartphone now widely available for China Mobile's nearly 760 million subscribers.

Enabling high performance 4G LTE devices, the Marvell PXA1802 modem integrates Time-Division Duplexing (TDD), Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) Long-Term Evolution (LTE), Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA), Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and Enhanced Data for the GSM Environment (EDGE) technology onto a single chip that is fully backward compatible with current China TD-SCDMA standards. 

It is designed to meet the needs of the next generation of mobile connectivity. As one of the first 4G smartphones to receive China's TD-LTE mobile phone network access license and to pass China Mobile's CMCC OT tests, the ZTE Grand Memo LTE (U9815) demonstrates the advantages of Marvell solutions in TD-LTE and its cooperation with ZTE.

"I would like to congratulate ZTE for achieving this significant milestone with China Mobile Certification. From TD-SCDMA to TD-LTE, I am very proud of our long-term collaboration with China Mobile and key OEMs in the mobile ecosystem in bringing advanced and affordable mobile solutions to the greater than 1 billion consumers in China," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. "From smartphones to tablets and mobile hotspots, Marvell's multi-mode 4G LTE solution has enabled high-quality, reliable, and secure communication across an expanding class of new Smart devices, leading the way for 2014 to become a big year for mass deployment of 4G LTE around the world."

The Marvell's PXA1802 modem has a thin and cost-efficient architecture that allows fast implementation on the latest LTE and TD-SCDMA terminals in a flexible design. The PXA1802 supports next-generation LTE standards with 3GPP LTE Release 9 Category 4 up to 150 Megabits-per-Second (Mbps) downlink speed and Release 8 TD-SCDMA High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+). In addition to Marvell's ARMADA Mobile PXA1802 LTE modem, the ZTE Grand Memo LTE (U9815) also features Marvell's 88RF838 transceiver, 88PG8211 and 88PM809 for its power management unit (PMU).

Previously, Marvell and ZTE had collaborated in demonstrating the world's first end-to-end voice over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE) call on the China Mobile network.

"We are very pleased to once again work with Marvell, our reliable strategic partner, to deliver our first TD-LTE smartphone Grand Memo LTE (U9815) in the China market. As a major global provider of end-to-end integrated LTE solutions and services, ZTE is committed to working with industry chain partners to accelerate the mass adoption of LTE devices and provide consumers with a better product experience," said Mr. Zeng Xuezhong, EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division at ZTE.
Key Features of the Marvell PXA1802 Modem:
  • Marvell-designed processor core with fast signaling and packet processing accelerators
  • Reuse of a common cellular processor software stack across the multiple air interfaces

About the Marvell PXA1802 Modem
The Marvell PXA1802 combines Marvell's leading silicon and cellular modem expertise to enable the design of high-performance, low-power smartphone and tablet devices that can be used and supported with configurations for TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and EGPRS (Enhanced GPRS). This multimode LTE modem chipset supports the latest 3GPP LTE Release 9 standards with Category 4 throughputs of up to 150 Mbps DL (Down Link) and 50 Mbps UL (Up Link) and Release 8 TD-SCDMA HSPA+. 

It integrates all of 2G, 3G and 4G mobile broadband modem technologies on a single chip, fully backward compatible with current WCDMA and TD-SCDMA networks and supporting the TDD/FDD 4G LTE network, as well as Marvell's 88RF858 high-performance multimode LTE transceiver to keep a flexible RF circuit design.

Marvell will be demonstrating its mobile connectivity solutions at CES 2014 in Marvell's booth in the Venetian Hotel, Level 3 (Murano No. 3304). CES is being held in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center and the Venetian Hotel on Jan. 7 – 10, 2014.

About Marvell 
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions enabling the digital connected lifestyle. From mobile communications to storage, cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery, Marvell's diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world's most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, private and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience.

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ZTE Completes World’s First End-to-End VoTD-LTE Call


Landmark achieved on China Mobile TD-LTE network in Guangzhou, leveraging ZTE’s 4G technology and Marvell-powered terminals

7 June 2013, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased to complete the world’s first end-to-end voice-over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE) call in partnership with China Mobile and Marvell Technology Group.

The VoTD-LTE call was conducted on China Mobile’s network in Guangzhou, which deploys ZTE’s TD-LTE technology and core IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform. The global industry’s first terminal-to-core network, end-to-end VoTD-LTE call was successfully carried out using 5-mode, 13-band smartphones powered by Marvell’s chipsets. A delegation of engineering experts from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology personally experienced the VoTD-LTE service during their mission to Guangzhou to study 4G networks.

At present, there are three main methods to offer voice services to LTE users: CS Fall Back (CSFB), dual standby and VoLTE. The CSFB solution requires operators to hand off voice calls to slower 2G or 3G networks. The dual standby solution requires terminals to support the 2G/3G and 4G services simultaneously, with the 2G/3G network dedicated to provide voice services. VoLTE is an IMS-based voice service, with voice transmitted as IP data, and can be entirely supported by the LTE network, without 2G or 3G networks. Compared with the CSFB and dual standby solutions, the VoLTE solution offers superior voice quality and lower latency, with improved energy consumption for terminals, delivering a better user experience for 4G services.

Therefore, VoLTE is considered as the ultimate goal of evolution of LTE voice solution.

Compared with 2G and 3G networks, VoLTE features higher spectral efficiency in voice services, which enables operators to support a greater number of voice users for the same amount of spectrum. Although the voice data is transmitted through IP packet data, VoLTE offers better user experience than 2G and 3G voice service. Performance is also superior to over-the-top (OTT) services, as VoLTE features carrier-class QoS and HD codec technology. For operators, VoLTE enables the integration of data and voice services in a network, helping operators reduce complexity of Operation Support System(OSS), and achieve greater efficiency.

The VoTD-LTE breakthrough in Guangzhou will help accelerate the adoption of voice services on TD-LTE networks, and usher in the TD-LTE full-service era, aligning the TD-LTE industry with the FDD-LTE industry. As the development of mobile devices, TD-LTE wireless networks and IMS platforms become more mature, more VoLTE services will be deployed.

ZTE is committed to innovation and optimization of TD-LTE solutions, and aims to promote increased TD-LTE network deployments globally together with industry partners. The successful VoTD-LTE demonstration with China Mobile was an important step toward future commercial deployment. As of early 2013, ZTE had established TD-LTE field trials and commercial networks for 48 leading operators in 33 countries, including deployments in Europe, India, CIS, Asia-Pacific, and Southeast Asia.

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