France-based collaboration aims to commercialise automotive-grade 4G chipset solutions by 2018

Presto Engineering, working globally in semiconductor product engineering, test and turnkey solutions, has announced that it is collaborating with several France-based organisations to reduce the cost of test of 4G RF devices.
 
Cédric Mayor, chief technical officer, Presto Engineering, stated, “Connected objects and development of 4G solutions represents a huge market potential. According to industry reports, 50 to 80 billion devices will be connected in the next ten years, and 2 billion will require 4G connectivity. For example, LTE-4G is perceived as the most promising radio frequency (RF) chipset technology for automotive connectivity.”
 
Mayor added, “We are leveraging our extensive RF test capabilities to develop a high-volume test solution that will deliver optimal cost-of-test, without sacrificing the test quality necessary in the automotive segment.“”
 
Other organisations involved in the consortium include: PARROT, ACCO SEMI, SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS, QUALTERA, VIRTUAL OPEN SYSTEMS, CEA-LETI, IMS Laboratory in Bordeaux, and the XLIM Lab of the University of Limoges.
 
This joint development program is backed-up by the French Strategic Investment fund supervised by the French Public Bank of Investment (BPIFrance). The program was launched in November 2014 and will be carried out over the course of three years.

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