October 4, 2007 -- The almost-mythological fourth generation of wireless service, 4G, could be the fountainhead of an entirely new way of thinking about SOC (system-on-chip) architectures. Or it could drive a simple evolution of today’s baseband wireless ICs. It could lead to entirely new kinds of mobile services for consumer clients. Or it could simply handle your e-mail attachments better. It could be a massive engineering challenge struggling into reality in 2015. Or it could happen in a couple of years.
To understand the impact that 4G is likely to have upon SOC design, you have to dig a little bit into just what people mean by the term, understand some of the computing challenges involved in supporting the service, and hear from some system architects on how they are approaching these challenges.
By Ron Wilson. Executive Editor, EDN Magazine
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.