On the NTT DoCoMo booth I spotted this future potential service for me that could be enabled by LTE. It is an automatic translator for your mobile. So as you speak your voice is automatically translated (so there is an opportunity for me to sound like Penelope Cruz!)and conveyed in the native language of the other party. Particularly useful if you are making dinner reservations, or calling for medical assistance when travelling. This example shows the level of innovation that can be opened up with greater network capacity and speed and builds on previous implementations that translated only text.
As expected LTE has been one of the key focuses of MWC – and it is few booths that don’t have some mention of LTE and ARM. My colleague Lakshmi captured a close up view of Mindspeed’s ARM-based LTE technology.
On the baseband side, ARM technology is now being used by over 95% of the LTE baseband designs worldwide. ARM and our Partners celebrated this momentum behind LTE with an announcement highlighting the rollout of LTE solutions from ARM Partners: Qualcomm, Renesas Mobile, Samsung, Xincomm, Marvell, Cognovo, ST-Ericsson, MediaTek, Broadcom and Intel Mobile Communications.
And it was just a few weeks ago when ARM announced new baseband processor technology to support the growing demand for LTE modem solutions, with the launch of two new Cortex-R series products.
So hopefully the day is coming soon, when voice recognition with translation will finally make phrase books a thing of the past.
Trina Watt, Director of Channel Marketing, Media Processing Division, ARM. I like to think of myself as a “geek in marketers clothing”. Gadgets and technology have been a passion for me as long I can remember – from dismantling my first radio when I was about 8 to now running around regularly with 3 phones, a tablet and laptop to feed my tech thirst. I started in the tech industry nearly 20 years ago in Motorola and I have never ventured far from it. I am currently focused on promoting the visually exciting Mali graphics processors. I get to work with a wide range of partners who are creating the innovative devices of the future. For a geek it doesn’t get much better than that!
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