Sina Tech, 1/11/12
According to one industry source, TD-SCDMA chip maker Leadcore Technology is one of three semiconductor manufacturers whose 2012 TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA dual-mode terminal chips recently passed testing on Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)'s MTNet simulation mobile network. The source adds that the three firms will soon take part in the second phase of large-scale TD-LTE trials, in which TD-LTE peak downlink rates are expected to reach 150 Mbps this year.
The remaining two manufacturers, according to another industry source, are Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon and Beijing-based CMMB and baseband chipset developer Innofidei. Leadcore also revealed that the first phase of TD-LTE trials, held in 2011, primarily involved deployment of single-mode terminals, while it has now been confirmed that the upcoming second phase will be to test multi-mode terminals.
The first phase of large-scale TD-LTE trials were held by MIIT and China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) in December 2011. Phase two is set to begin in Q1 2012.