GSM – the mobile technology family used by more than 6 billion people worldwide – had Torleif Maseng at Sintef in Trondheim as the key inventor back in the 1980s.
Q: But what has been going on in mobile tech in Trondheim since then (1980s is WAY back)?
A: A lot, actually there is a very high chance that the device you’re using to read this has Trondheim Tech inside it (I leave calculating the probability as an exercise).
Trondheim – the Unknown Mobile Tech Capital of The Nordics
In terms of mobile tech R&D in Trondheim can be called “full stack”, i.e. ranging from mobile apps, to mobile chips and to producing materials the mobile chips are built from, e.g.
|Mobile App||(Zedge)||Sustained a top 15 position in Google Play (Android) App store since 2010. Downloaded more than 100 Million Times.
|Number 1 on iOS (Apple) App Store, with more than 40 million downloads
|Mobile App||(WordFeud)||Aced the App Stores, with more than 20 Million Downloads.|
|Mobile Hardware||(ARM)||ARM in Trondheim develops GPUs – Mali Graphics – that is used in mobile phones and tablets across the world.|
|Mobile Hardware||(Nordic Semiconductors)||The Motley Fool ranks Nordic Semiconductor third in its top ’15 Tech Companies That Will Define 2014′, the reason stated by Motley Fool was:
Nordic might not be on the investors’ radar. The company is located far away from Silicon Valley in the Norwegian city of Trondheim and trades on the Oslo Stock Exchange. However, its focus on ultra-low power wireless communications makes it one of the most intriguing ways to invest in the “The Internet of Things”
|Mobile Hardware||(Atmel)||If you visit Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics or other consumer electronic stores chances are that there are hundreds of devices using Atmel’s touch screen technology (in particular in Android-based smartphones and tablets).
|Mobile Materials||(Elkem)||Elkem produces silicon for solar cells and electronics: More than 90% of all electronic components are based on silicon. Elkem serves around 50% of the world market.|
Example of Other Recent Tech from Trondheim
Students from Norwegian University of Science and Technology uses Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality) to Control Camera on a Drone:
In a world where “Software Eats the World” and “Mobile Eats the Cloud”, Trondheim seems to be well-positioned. And being an early stage mobile tech startup team – building hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy – here with the above companies rocking is inspiring.
Feel free to check out other recent Memkite blog posts:
- Technical Feasibility of Building Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, i.e. Offline Web Search – Part I
- Mobile Eats the Cloud