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From: hollyhunter9/24/2017 9:49:56 AM
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From: FUBHO9/25/2017 6:22:25 PM
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Will Imagination Deals Deliver MIPS to China?

| EE Times
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Imagination sells itself to Canyon Bridge, while agreeing to sell MIPS to another VC

TOKYO — Semiconductor industry watchers are pointedly curious about the fine print of two separate agreements governing the sale of U.K.-based IP licensor Imagination Technologies.

The sale of imagination was widely anticipated after the firm put itself up for sale in June, two months after its largest customer, Apple, said it would phase out use of Imagination technology in products that include the iPhone. But the deals announced Friday (Sept. 22), in which Imagination sold itself to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners and MIPS to Tallwood Venure Capital, left market watchers with several questions.

First, did Imagination structure both agreements in such a way as to allow Canyon Bridge — a private equity firm backed in part by the Chinese government — to have access to MIPS CPU IP?

More specifically, do the two VCs — which are buying Imagination and MIPS independently — know each other?

Further, by agreeing to sell, has Imagination practically opened the backdoor for Canyon Bridge to access MIPS CPU IP and patents, without review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)?

Imagination Technologies last Friday unveiled two separate deals, in which the Hertfordshire, U.K.-based company sold itself to Canyon Bridge, while simultaneously agreeing to sell MIPS to Tallwood Venture Capital.

China’s long-standing love affair with MIPS is no secret. Chinese vendors have been using MIPS for years and Beijing has reportedly said it wants to use MIPS architecture for all future government-sponsored projects.

Specifics of the deals
First, here are some specifics of last Friday’s announcements.

Imagination announced it is selling itself in an all-cash deal worth 550 million pounds ($742.5 million) to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, the VC firm whose proposal to buy Lattice Semiconductor was recently blocked by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Imagination announced on the same day that it had agreed to sell the company’s global MIPS CPU business for $65 million to Tallwood Venture Capital, an investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, Calif., and Wuxi, southern China.

Although a majority of MIPS patents were sold in 2013 to Bridge Crossing, which was created by a member-based patent holding company called Allied Security Trust, all processor-specific patents and the other parts of MIPS Technologies were sold to Imagination.

Imagination explained in its press release that the completion of the MIPS disposal is a condition of Canyon Bridge’s acquisition.

Andrew Heath, CEO of Imagination said, in a statement, “The acquisition [by Canyon Bridge] will ensure that Imagination — with its strong growth prospects — remains an independent IP licensing business, based in the U.K., but operating around the world.”

Had Imagination kept MIPS, Canyon Bridge’s acquisition of Imagination would certainly invite CFIUS scrutiny.

The MIPS CPU business, according to Imagination, includes all MIPS intellectual property and patents. The MIPS IP and patents were developed in the United States and they belong to Imagination's U.S. business unit.

Left unclear at this point is if Imagination’s MIPS divestment to Tallwood might face CFIUS review.

Industry skeptics wonder if Canyon Bridge — already barred by the U.S. government from buying Lattice — plans to put an agreement in place, for example, to get perpetual license of all of MIPS IPs from Tallwood. If so, Canyon Bridge, as one of the Chinese government’s semi-private entities, could at long last get a grip on MIPS.

However, at this point, there is no proof that Imagination might have coordinated the two deals specifically to help Canyon Bridge fly under CFIUS’ radar in its quest for MIPS IPs. Financial deals like this — especially when involving players from the wild, wild East of China — are an elusive quarry for regulators.

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From: FUBHO9/26/2017 8:18:32 PM
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From: FUBHO9/27/2017 9:29:57 AM
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C Spire Wireless To Debut Fixed Wireless Services in Mississippi

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By Guile Canencia on September 26, 2017


C Spire Wireless has recently announced that it will be launching fixed wireless services in eight initial locations within the state of Mississippi. These markets are Greenville, Vicksburg, Columbus, Greenwood, Indianola, West Point, Belzoni, and Louisville. The overall plan is to cover 200,000 customers and business establishments in the Magnolia state by taking full advantage of different forms of wireless tech and various spectrums.

This announcement marks the first time that C Spire Wireless has tried its hand at fixed wireless services. The carrier is considered by many as the sixth biggest mobile operator in the United States, behind the Big Four ( Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) and US Cellular. Current estimates peg the company’s customer base at a million mobile users.

With regards to the initial eight markets getting fixed wireless services soon, C Spire Wireless is looking to offer the service at $55 per month, without any cap on the usage. T
he mobile operator, however, did mention that it reserves the right to make sure its network and the overall customer experience is at optimum, which suggests that there may be some “prioritization” involved.

C Spire Wireless also stated that it is also planning to debut a wireless fiber service some time in the future. This service promises to deliver connection speeds of up to 100 mbps, and will first be rolled out to 70,000 customers and business establishments, and then eventually to 130,000 more users and enterprises (no pricing has been made public yet). To make sure the connection speeds remain fast, the wireless fiber service will not be going with last mile fiber construction, which not only can be costly, but also slow at times. The company said that according to the results of tests it had recently conducted, fixed wireless speeds are capable of reaching 1 gbps.

Apart from C Spire Wireless, other big carriers are also busy with their own respective fixed wireless efforts. Some may remember that back in June earlier this year, AT&T had revealed that it had completed its deployment of fixed wireless internet service at 70,000 locations across nine states, namely Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Three months ago, the number 2 biggest mobile operator in the country had stated that it was planning to further expand its fixed wireless service to 400,000 locations before the start of 2018, hoping to reach 1.1 million locations by decade’s end.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1118)9/27/2017 9:43:03 AM
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C Spire Fixed Wireless Era Begins, Aims to Connect 200K with ‘Wireless Fiber’

Regional broadband provider C Spire announced an ambitious broadband plan that will dramatically increase their broadband base throughout Mississippi. The C Spire fixed wireless program is key to the broader C Spire Tech Movement which has a goal of reaching an additional 250K subscribers with wireless and FTTP technology.

The program will utilize an 8K route mile fiber backbone throughout Mississippi to expand their broadband footprint. Eighty percent of the expansion, or 200K subscribers, will be delivered by fixed wireless, with the remaining via FTTP, a C Spire spokesman confirmed to Telecompetitor.

The fixed wireless service will initially be launched in eight ‘underserved’ Mississippi communities, with dozens more to follow by the end of the year, according to the spokesman. C Spire is using a variety of fixed wireless technologies and spectrum for the service, said the spokesman.

“As the state’s leading technology company and one that gets its inspiration from our loyal customers, we have a responsibility to marshal our resources and expertise to equip our communities to effectively compete in the technology revolution and help close the gap on the digital divide,” said C Spire CEO Hu Meena in a press release announcing the expansion.

Wireless Fiber
C Spire calls their fixed wireless product wireless fiber, and it’s expected to provide 25 Mbps service. “Unlike competitors that are rolling out fixed wireless products of 10 Mbps as part of the FCC Connect America Fund commitment, our initial privately funded roll out will have typical throughput of 25 Mbps, a speed the FCC defined in 2015 as basic broadband Internet,” the C Spire spokesperson tells Telecompetitor.

They do expect those speeds to increase over time. “We have seen in many trials a future for 1Gbps fixed wireless.,” said the spokesperson.

An additional 50K subscribers hope to be added via FTTP, according to the spokesperson, but he declined to reveal current FTTP subscriber counts, only saying it’s “in the thousands.”

C Spire aims to target small business customers as well through the Tech Movement initiative. “C Spire aims to make the ultra-fast service available to one out of every five of the state’s 252,000 small businesses,” the press release states. “The initiative also includes programs to prepare and equip consumers and businesses to be successful in the new technology economy through education and workforce training, fellowship programs and showcasing the latest advancements and innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.”

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From: FUBHO9/27/2017 10:48:35 AM
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Large-scale IoT projects have doubled in last year


http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article/3754689/Large-scale-IoT-projects-have-doubled-in-last-year
27 September 2017 | James Pearce

Almost a third of companies worldwide have adopted internet of things (IoT) services, according to a report by Vodafone, but the pace of adoption has slowed.

Vodafone has released its fifth annual IoT Barometer, polling 1,278 executives across eight sectors, finding 29% of companies are now using some kind of IoT solution, up from just 12% in 2013.

The number of businesses using more than 50,000 connections has doubled in the last year, as companies rollout IoT solutions across their portfolios.

The pace of new adoption, however, has slowed over the last two years, rising just 2%. Despite this, 84% of respondents said their IoT usage has grown in the last year.

Businesses in the Americas have led the way in embracing large scale IoT projects, where 19% of companies using IoT have more than 10,000 connected devices, compared to 13% in Europe and 7% in Asia Pacific.

Vodafone director of IoT Erik Brenneis said, "Over the five years of this report we have seen the number of companies that have adopted IoT double, and projects have grown from small pilots to global rollouts of tens of thousands of connected devices.

"IoT is clearly here to stay and the future looks exciting as 79% of adopters are saying that IoT will have an enormous impact on the whole economy in the next five years. I believe we can now say that IoT has come of age and is proving itself across all industries and geographies."

The results also highlighted an interest in narrowband IoT technology (NB-IoT) with 28 per cent now considering it alongside other LPWA options for new projects. This is despite the fact rollouts of NB-IoT technology are still in the early stages in many markets, given the technology was only standardised in June 2016.

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From: FUBHO9/29/2017 12:15:08 PM
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Bernstein's Li said that Apple has invested in research and development for baseband modem chips responsible for mobile communication. Currently, it purchase these from Qualcomm and Intel.

"It would not be surprising that Apple develops its own [modem chip]," he said.

Two other chip industry executives also echoed Li's view that Apple will develop its own modem chips or at least boost its related capabilities - a view bolstered by Apple's poaching top Qualcomm modem chip engineer Esin Terzioglu earlier this year.

But Li added it is was unlikely that Apple could quickly roll out such components within two years. Modem chips have a very high threshold to develop and need to fulfill requirements of different operators worldwide.

A veteran chip industry executive estimates that it would require more than a minimum one thousand engineers to work on such a project.

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From: FUBHO9/29/2017 2:10:46 PM
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Interview: Sequans

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1122)9/29/2017 2:13:08 PM
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Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 Recap
September 28, 2017

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Sequans at Mobile World Congress Americas – Monarch LIVE!


The subject of LTE for IoT was top of mind at Mobile World Congress in San Francisco and we at Sequans were thrilled to talk with the constant stream of visitors to our booth about our progress and show off new Sequans-powered LTE for IoT devices. Our Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform was operating live in a demo of a new IoT tracker product and new Monarch-powered devices were announced and on display in our display case that was overflowing with new devices.


Meet CLOE — Connecting and Locating Objects Everywhere




Sequans conducted a live demo of CLOE, a new IoT tracker solution combining the technologies of Sequans and ST Microelectronics that made its debut at Mobile World Congress Americas.

CLOE is nimble, quick, and so efficient that she makes connecting IoT objects delightfully easy. CLOE integrates Sequans’ market-leading LTE-M chip, Monarch, with ST’s market-leading GNSS chip, Teseo III, for an IoT tracker platform like no other. With capabilities including the ultra low power consumption of Sequans’ Monarch and the industry-leading GNSS accuracy and fastest time-to-first-fix of ST’s Teseo III, CLOE enables the development of ultra reliable and accurate IoT trackers while simplifying their development.

CLOE reduces time to market significantly and allows device makers to address the full range of vertical markets, including logistics, consumer electronics, and automotive. It is a turnkey cellular tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs anywhere in the world.









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GSMA’s Mobile IoT Summit





At GSMA’s 5th Mobile IoT Summit, held in conjunction with Mobile World Congress Americas, CEO Georges Karam delivered a keynote presentation to a packed house where he described the latest developments in LTE for IoT chip technology embodied in Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform.

He explained how Monarch was purpose-built for IoT and how the new technologies are enabling the IoT to grow from connecting millions of objects to billions of objects in what will soon become the massive IoT. For example, the advanced technologies of Monarch enable rock bottom power consumption of 1 uA (an industry leading achievement), fast and adaptive boot, wake-up and sleep times, and dynamic power management for smart use of idle, eDRX, and PSM. All of this together enables the ultra long battery life required for the most in-demand IoT applications: wearables, trackers, and meters.

Karam also discussed how easy it is to integrate Monarch in new IoT devices because Monarch enables a single hardware design to be used anywhere in the world, is at the heart of pre-certified modules now available from Sequans’ stellar list of module partners, provides native support of Cloud services, and is at the heart of application-specific platforms, such as the CLOE IoT tracker platform, and Sequans’ Monarch SX Platform for wearables.

New Monarch-based IoT Tracker Devices From Leading Manufacturers Sercomm, Wisol, and Nimbelink Debut





Among the many new LTE for IoT devices powered by Sequans and on display in Sequans’ booth at Mobile World Congress were three new ones from Sercomm, Wisol and Nimbelink. All three of these have introduced IoT trackers based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform.


Sercomm has introduced SavTrack, a GPS-equipped personal tracker in a compact design that easily fits in a bag or a pocket. SavTrack can be used to track people, pets, and assets and includes a unique “SOS” button that when pressed instantly reports a user’s location, making it an ideal solution for youth/senior safety. Wisol has introduced the uWhere IoT tracker that combines Monarch with Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and an accelerometer for tracking assets, logistics, and people. Nimbelink has introduced the Nimbelink LTE Cat M1 asset tracker for tracking and managing remote assets in a solution that can be configured by OEMs to optimize supply chains or mitigate loss of assets.








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New Automotive Trackers from Geotab and Positioning Universal Debut on US Networks

Asset trackers in general and automotive trackers in particular are taking off as new vehicle tracking solutions launch on US networks.

Powered by Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 (10 Mbps DL and 5 Mbps UL), Geotab has introduced the GO8 Telematics Device, and Positioning Universal (PUI) has introduced the FJ1000 Series LTE Automotive Tracker. Geotab’s GO8 is an open-platform telematics solution for fleet management that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and is now offered as part of a major US operator’s fleet management product offerings.

The GO8 plugs into a vehicle’s OBDII port and delivers a comprehensive set of telematics features including GPS, g-force monitoring, accurate engine diagnostics, accident detection and notification, near real-time vehicle data, fast GPS acquisition time, auto-calibrating accelerometer performance, and end-to-end security.






PUI’s new automotive tracker is a power-efficient LTE and GPS wireless modem that transmits important GPS data, such as status information, ignition events, and trip activity with trip locations provided for up to 5-second locations for precise route lines. Status information is reported for heartbeats, boot events, GPS status, acceleration events and more. The new PUI tracker includes an optional backup battery system that enables the device to continue active tracking for up to 36 hours, even when disconnected from power.

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New Spartan GoCam Video Camera Introduced

Sequans announced that its Colibri LTE Cat 4 Platform provides the LTE connectivity for the new Spartan GoCam now available for the major US wireless networks.

LTE-connected wireless surveillance camera for use in numerous markets, including residential, wildlife, commercial, utilities, and research. The Spartan GoCam sends motion or timer-triggered images to a user’s phone, tablet or computer in real time via the Spartan GoCam web portal and mobile application.

Users can view images immediately in real time. Cameras can be controlled by advanced two-way communication via the web or mobile app (Android or iOS), putting users in control of all their cameras while receiving and viewing images anytime, anywhere. Spartan GoCam features all-in-one design and standalone installation and is powered by AA batteries or portal DC power.







Achievements in LTE for IoT


AT&T Certifies Sequans US130Q LTE Cat 1 Module
One of Sequans’ LTE for IoT modules, the US130Q, supporting AT&T LTE bands 2, 4, and 12, has been certified to operate on the LTE network of AT&T. The US130Q achieved technical acceptance from AT&T’s Network Ready Lab in early September. The module is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform that was ADAPT-verified by AT&T last year.

Monarch-powered WNC module now part of AT&T’s IoT Accelerator Program

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From: FUBHO10/1/2017 2:53:17 PM
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Last week of SHYSTER law firms polluting my portfolio news feeds with their bogus suits.

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