NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions headquartered in Taiwan, to deploy “LTE-PF,” a mobile-device chipset platform (see diagram) based on Long Term Evolution (LTE), the new mobile communication standard being adopted worldwide for super-fast downlinks above 100 Mbps and uplinks above 50 Mbps.
This is the first license agreement for LTE-PF, which was jointly developed by DOCOMO, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, Ltd., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Limited. The agreement enables MediaTek to provide devices that integrate LTE-PF for mobile phone markets worldwide including Japan, for which DOCOMO will receive a license fee.
“The agreement with MediaTek will be the starting point for LTE-PF’s global expansion,” says Toshio Miki, Managing Director of the Communication Device Development Department at DOCOMO. “We believe LTE-PF chipsets produced by a globally renowned company with a proven track record like MediaTek will create more opportunities both for Japanese mobile phone manufacturers to go global and overseas manufacturers to enter the Japanese market.”
LTE-PF (shaded area) in Mobile Terminal System: