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From: BoonDoggler2/15/2012 2:28:31 AM
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Curtains for LightSquared? NTIA says GPS interference is unfixable

LightSquared, the aspiring 4G wireless network built in the "L band" of spectrum has been under fire from the GPS industry for the last year over the interference the experimental network was shown to create for GPS receivers.

Due to the L-band's close proximity to frequencies used in satellite communications, about half of the frequencies LightSquared planned to use in its network were shown to cause interference on some GPS receivers.

Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which declared the interference to be unavoidable.


"Based on NTIA's independent evaluation of the testing and analysis performed over the last several months, we conclude that LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time," the letter said.

"NTIA, the federal agency that coordinates spectrum uses for the military and other federal government entities, has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time," the FCC replied in a statement on Tuesday evening. "Consequently, the Commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared. The International Bureau of the Commission is proposing to (1) vacate the Conditional Waiver Order, and (2) suspend indefinitely LightSquared’s Ancillary Terrestrial Component authority to an extent consistent with the NTIA letter."

Lightsquared issued its own response to the letter, saying that it was committed to finding a resolution, no matter what the NTIA has found.

"LightSquared profoundly disagrees with both the NTIA’s and the PNT’s recommendations, which disregard more than a decade of regulatory orders, and in doing so, jeopardize private enterprise, jobs and investment in America's future. NTIA relies on interference standards that have never been used in this context, and were forced by the GPS community in order to reach the conclusions presented today. This, together with a severely flawed testing process that relied on obsolete and niche devices, shows that the FCC should take the NTIA's recommendation with a generous helping of salt. Despite LightSquared’s success in finding technical solutions and the acknowledgement by a senior government official that GPS receivers are specifically designed to rely on spectrum licensed to LightSquared, it is extremely disappointing that this recommendation was made today."

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From: mindy19682/15/2012 7:40:05 AM
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Qualcomm Opens Regional Office in Kenya for East African Region
By Eric Ombok - Feb 15, 2012 12:34 AM ET .LinkedIn Google +1 Print QQUEUE ...Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the world’s biggest maker of mobile-phone chips, opened an office in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to serve the East African region, Bill Owino, the company’s regional head, told reporters today in the city.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Ombok in Nairobi at eombok@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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From: slacker7112/15/2012 7:48:12 AM
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Orders take off at TSMC

electronicsweekly.com

David Manners
Wednesday 15 February 2012 11:14
Semiconductor industry bellwether, Taiwanese foundry TSMC, is almost booked out of capacity on 40nm processes and better, reports Digitimes.

Apparently AMD, TI, Infineon, Freescale, Broadcom, MediaTek, MStar, Nvidia and Qualcomm have all been increasing orders put on TSMC.


"TSMC’s Q1 is everyone else’s Q2,” points out Malcolm Penn, CEO of analysts Future Horizons, “so, if TSMC sees a strong Q1 then everyone else is expecting growth in Q2."


Digitimes reckons that inventories in the mobile phone, consumer and PC industries are being rebuilt, and that Q1 will be the bottom of the semiconductor industry sales cycle with increasing sales thereafter for the rest of the year.

Last week, TSMC announced its January sales were 10.6% up on December - very much against seasonal trends – albeit coming from a low base.

TSMC CEO Morris Chang forecast semiconductor growth for 2012 of 3-5% but added that he expected TSMC to out-grow not only the overall semiconductor industry but also the foundry industry.

Penn is plumping for 8% semiconductor growth in 2012 but reckons, if the economy bounces back as fast as it did after Lehman, it could be as much as 20%..

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To: slacker711 who wrote (109592)2/15/2012 7:49:51 AM
From: slacker711
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Spectrum fragmentation is poisoning LTE's prospects

February 14, 2012 — 3:09am ET | By Tammy Parker

After decades of dealing with a hodge-podge of air interface technologies, the mobile industry is slowly but surely converging on LTE. But even widespread use of a supposedly common technology will not unify the industry because LTE is being deployed on such a multitude of unrelated spectrum bands that if all the LTE frequencies were dumped into a bucket they'd resemble a nest of slithering snakes.

I recently spoke with Peter Carson, senior director of product management at Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), who cautioned that prospects for significant economies of scale from volume production simply don't exist for LTE and won't for a very long time because too many different spectrum bands are being used for LTE in too many different places. "Right now the biggest issue the industry has to deal with is complexity of the RF front end," Carson said.

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Further, he noted that a single LTE product design that could be shipped anywhere in the world is far from fruition. An LTE world phone is just a fantasy at this point.

Frequency bands ranging from 700 MHz to 2.6 GHz have been earmarked for LTE networks around the world. The GSMA's Wireless Intelligence service released a report in December 2011 that offered a good-news, bad-news scenario: There will be 200 live LTE networks in 70 nations by 2015, certainly an auspicious start for a new technology, but they will be deployed using 38 spectrum frequency combinations, a toxic situation if ever there were one.

The GSMA identified the 2500/2600 MHz IMT-extension band as the most globally harmonized for LTE deployments to date, accounting for more than 50 percent of live networks in 2011. However, 700 MHz is a preferred band for LTE in the United States, where operators are exploiting the digital dividend accrued when analog TV broadcasters were forced to give up their 700 MHz spectrum. But 700 MHz is far from being a global LTE spectrum band, and Europe's digital dividend band will be 800 MHz. Further, 1700/2100 AWS spectrum will get extensive use in the Americas but nowhere else. And things get really messy in the bands above 2100 MHz with a mix of FDD and TDD confusing things all the more.

The GSMA issued a call for global spectrum harmonization in order to allow the emerging LTE ecosystem to mature and enable equipment vendors to deliver globally compatible networks, LTE devices and chipsets. That's not a new demand, and it's as unlikely to happen as ever because governments have repeatedly shown that when it comes to finding more spectrum or re-farming frequencies, national interests trump global considerations.

Vendors have proven that supporting multiple frequency bands and technologies in a single device can be done, so there's no reason to think they can't kick in more spectrum bands and air interfaces for next-generation products. But doing so presents challenges to chipset size, power management and manufacturing costs. Add those issues to the standard RF concerns of layout and routing, and it's easy to see why LTE device makers will have their hands full.

With no spectrum harmonization in sight, chipset providers and device manufacturers could ultimately become the puppet-masters controlling LTE's take-up and long-term adoption. Each will assess the addressable market for the spectrum combinations available and will make products accordingly. There may be 38 possible LTE frequency combinations, but no device maker in its right mind will try to address all of them. Instead, vendors will focus product development on the most realistic and lucrative regional band combinations. That means operators with less-than-attractive spectrum allocations may actually find themselves with zero compatible devices.

Moreover, spectrum fragmentation means the LTE industry won't enjoy dramatic economies of scale or full-fledged LTE global roaming for a long time. That's a shame because LTE and LTE-Advanced have so much to offer in terms of performance, but it's not the first time marketplace realities have kept a good idea from being fully executed.--



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From: Bill Wolf2/15/2012 8:18:55 AM
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Start-Up's Network Rejected; GPS Cited
By AMY SCHATZ

Federal regulators said they plan to pull the plug on wireless start-up LightSquared Inc.'s proposal to build a new national wireless network after officials said there was no way to prevent the network from interfering with Global Positioning System devices.

The decision late Tuesday represented a serious blow to LightSquared and its chief financial backer, hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone, who has poured billions of dollars into the venture.

LightSquared said it "profoundly disagrees" with the conclusion that its network would interfere with GPS devices. Those judgments disregard "more than a decade of regulatory orders, and in doing so, jeopardize private enterprise, jobs and investment in America's future," the company said in a statement.

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the Commerce Department said there was "no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time."

Shortly after receiving that letter, the FCC issued a statement saying it planned to reject LightSquared's application to build its network because of the GPS concerns. The FCC said it was proposing to revoke a conditional approval it gave to LightSquared last year.

While the FCC's move is subject to public comment and could be appealed to the agency's commissioners, the unanimity among the federal agencies left little room for LightSquared to maneuver.

The company and Mr. Falcone didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the FCC's decision.

A spokesman for Mr. Falcone's Harbinger Capital said he had no immediate comment.

Mr. Falcone rose to prominence in 2007 with lucrative bets against subprime mortgages. More recently, he has been beset by steep losses at his hedge funds and regulatory probes.

The biggest fund at Harbinger Capital lost 47% last year after a write-down on its LightSquared investments, a spokesman for the fund has said. The Securities and Exchange Commission has been scrutinizing his hedge-fund business on three fronts, including an inquiry into possible market manipulation, according to regulatory filings.

In December, a filing by a Harbinger affiliate said Mr. Falcone and two senior executives had been warned by the SEC that they could face civil-fraud charges.

Harbinger, in a filing at the time, said it was "disappointed," and if the SEC decides to bring an enforcement action, it intends to "vigorously defend against it."

LightSquared's plan was to act as a telecommunications wholesaler, selling use of its network to wireless companies and others who in turn sell high-speed Internet service to the public. The plan drew complaints from GPS users including the military and farmers. They said the new network could overwhelm GPS signals, which use nearby frequencies, and knock out service.

LightSquared received conditional FCC approval in early 2011 and said the technical issues could be resolved. But as the year went on, the company took one battering in Washington after another, as the Defense Department and other agencies amplified the interference concerns.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa piled on with an investigation into the FCC's initial decision to grant conditional approval. Mr. Grassley placed holds on two nominees for the FCC's board to protest the agency's unwillingness to provide internal documents about its decision.

The company said Tuesday it remained "committed to finding a resolution with the federal government and the GPS industry to resolve all remaining concerns."

LightSquared says the problem is with GPS receivers, which are too sensitive and listen outside of the GPS boundaries. The company has threatened legal action against the government if it doesn't get approval. But it is unclear if the start-up has enough funding to withstand a protracted legal battle. LightSquared officials said last month that they had enough funding to last several quarters.
—Steve Eder
and Greg Bensinger
contributed to this article.

Write to Amy Schatz at Amy.Schatz@wsj.com

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To: slacker711 who wrote (109593)2/15/2012 8:29:00 AM
From: waitwatchwander
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---> LTE Spectrum Fragmentation.

This can only reinforce the use of 3G, in particular HSPA+ as the global roaming standard in voice and data. Under that scenario, Qualcomm should fair pretty well. Moving towards their into perpetuity stance might fair better than than even they initially envisioned.

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From: mindy19682/15/2012 8:46:57 AM
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ParkerVision Announces Markman Hearing in Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

Press Release: ParkerVision, Inc. – 43 minutes agoShare0EmailPrintCompanies:QUALCOMM IncorporatedParkervision Inc.RELATED QUOTESSymbol Price Change
QCOM 61.71 +0.00

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRKR - News), a developer and marketer of semiconductor technology solutions for wireless applications, announced today that U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. has established a schedule for upcoming hearings and other case deadlines in ParkerVision Inc. v. Qualcomm Inc., No. 3-2011-cv-00719, a patent infringement lawsuit filed by ParkerVision against San-Diego based Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM - News).

The patent claim construction hearing, also called a Markman hearing, is set for August 10, 2012, at which time the judge will be asked to issue rulings regarding the language and interpretation of the ParkerVision patents at issue in the case. Markman hearings are considered a critical event in a patent lawsuit. The upcoming Markman ruling will define the property rights for the technologies that ParkerVision has invented and has the right to exclusively practice. The court's Markman hearing decisions will drive and inform many aspects of the litigation. The jury trial in this case is scheduled to begin on August 5, 2013.

"We are passionate about the technology that ParkerVision has developed, and we are committed to protecting our patented innovations from unauthorized use," stated Jeffrey L. Parker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ParkerVision. "We look forward to showing the court and jury how Qualcomm is using ParkerVision's technology despite the legal patent protections that we have expended a great deal of time and capital to secure. This firm timeline means that we will soon get our day in court."

In other key developments, the court denied as moot Qualcomm's motion for preliminary injunction against ParkerVision's patent prosecution counsel. Instead, the Court approved a protective order, which all parties negotiated and agreed to, that enables ParkerVision's patent prosecution counsel to continue delivering legal advice and services to ParkerVision provided that they do not represent ParkerVision in the lawsuit or advise the company regarding Qualcomm's alleged infringement.

Both of these developments stem from a lawsuit that ParkerVision filed against Qualcomm on July 20, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. ParkerVision brought this action because Qualcomm's past and current chipset products infringe several ParkerVision patents related to radio-frequency receivers and the down-conversion of electromagnetic signals, which represent a body of intellectual property that ParkerVision pioneered for creating direct conversion receivers.

ParkerVision's lawsuit seeks monetary damages from Qualcomm as well as a permanent injunction barring the manufacture and sale of Qualcomm's infringing devices. Additionally, the complaint accuses Qualcomm of willfully infringing and seeks an award of exemplary damages, attorneys' fees and related court costs.

More information on the case can be found on the ParkerVision website at parkervision.com

About ParkerVision Inc.

ParkerVision, Inc. designs, develops and markets its proprietary RF technologies, which enable advanced wireless communications for current and next generation mobile communications networks. The company's award-winning IP portfolio includes 188 domestic and international patents. Its solutions for wireless transfer of radio frequency (RF) waveforms enable significant advancements in wireless products, addressing the needs of the cellular industry for efficient use of power, reduced cost and size, greater design simplicity and enhanced performance in mobile handsets as the industry migrates to next generation networks. ParkerVision is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information, please visit parkervision.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking information. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, each of which speaks only as of the date made. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which are disclosed in the Company's SEC reports, including the Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and the Forms 10Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30, 2011. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated or projected.

For more information, contact Robert Tharp at 800-559-4534 or Robert@androvett.com. For investor relations, contact Ron Stabiner at 212-888-4848 or rstabiner@thewallstreetgroup.com.

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From: Jon Koplik2/15/2012 10:18:57 AM
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(off topic) -- photo of that creepy, ugly dog that "won" the "show" .........................................

Anyone else out there think that this dog looks like some alien creature from an episode of (the original) "Star Trek" ?

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (109557)2/15/2012 10:24:47 AM
From: Jim Mullens
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Trevor, re: Apple / NDA………………………………..

There has to be a fine line between anyone's NDA and fair shareholder disclosure. Telling shareholders you have risk due to a large portion of your sales being made to a single customer is required.

___________________________________________________________________

Seems to me SEC filings cover the above issue.

QCOM FY11 10-k snip>>>>>>>>

Operating Segments

Consolidated revenues from international customers and licensees as a percentage of total revenues were 94%, 95% and 94% in fiscal 2011 ,2010 and 2009 , respectively. During fiscal 2011 , 32%, 19%, 17% and 8% of our revenues were from customers and licensees based in China,South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, respectively, as compared to 29%, 27%, 12% and 9% during fiscal 2010 , respectively, and 23%, 35%, 8% and11% during fiscal 2009 , respectively. Revenues from Samsung Electronics constituted a significant portion (more than 10%) of consolidated revenues in fiscal 2011 , 2010 and 2009 , and revenues from HTC also constituted a significant portion (more than 10%) of consolidated

revenues in fiscal 2011 .

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To: Jim Mullens who wrote (109598)2/15/2012 10:33:13 AM
From: mindy1968
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Should someone ask the question about Apple at the ASM - whether they are a licensee or a customer or what kind of contract does Q have with Apple?

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