InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops advanced technologies that enable and enhance mobile communications and capabilities. Since our founding in 1972, our engineers have designed and developed a wide range of innovations that are used in digital cellular and wireless products and networks, including 2G, 3G, 4G and IEEE 802-related products and networks.
For over four decades, InterDigital has been a pioneer in mobile technology and a key contributor to global wireless standards. Our team of more than 170 engineers – approximately 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, including over 50 PhDs – has unparalleled expertise in major mobile connectivity and content delivery technologies. Since 2000, InterDigital has spent close to $1 billion on technology research and development.
The company’s activities are organized around the concept of the Living Network: a future where intelligent networks self-optimize to deliver service that is tailored to the content, context and connectivity of the user, device or need.
Our Beyond LTE-A projects are part of a rich pipeline of innovation activities to solve future wireless capacity demands, extend network coverage and improve in-building penetration. These new topologies and spectrally efficient air interface solutions provide fundamental building blocks for future wireless architectures including smaller cells and direct link communications for personal and machine type devices.
InterDigital engineers and university and ecosystem partners are working together in these key areas of Beyond LTE-A technology:
Cellular Controlled Device-to-Device (D2D) – Next generation topology formed through a “virtual infrastructure” of terminals aims to capture the wireless connection and idle capacity of the billions of wireless devices being used. Innovations in mesh networking and peer-to-peer communication leverage terminals as helpers and relays to extend reliable coverage in dense urban environments, around obstructions, and indoors;
Small Cells using Higher Frequency Spectrum – Ultra-dense small cells with millimeter wave spectrum are intended to address future capacity demands and to further exploit broad femto and pico cell deployments;