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Trondheim – the Unknown Mobile Tech Capital of the Nordics?

GSMthe 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.

Technology Company Notes
Mobile App Zedge (Zedge) Sustained a top 15 position in Google Play (Android) App store since 2010. Downloaded more than 100 Million Times.

  1. http://www.androidcentral.com/zedge-releases-version-40-brings-slick-new-ui-and-recommendation-engine
  2. http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140417-907953.html
  3. http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/17/after-45m-installs-on-android-zedge-brings-its-content-personalization-experience-to-the-iphone/
Mobile App
(DirtyBit’s FunRun)
Number 1 on iOS (Apple) App Store, with more than 40 million downloads

  1. http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/dirtybit-funrun/
  2. http://dirtybit.com/blog/2013-12-10_fun_run_0_marketing_budget/
  3. http://www.gamesinasia.com/fun-run-dirtybit-asia-israel-saudi-arabia-singapore/
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”

  1. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/17/15-tech-companies-that-will-define-2014.aspx
  2. http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1264520
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).

  1. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/04/atmel-corning-work-on-super-thin-capacitive-touchscreens/
  2. http://www.gurufocus.com/news/254272/atmel-moving-ahead-steadily
  3. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/04/15/chipmaker-atmel-looks-like-a-sound-long-term-bet.aspx
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 teambuilding hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy – here with the above companies rocking is inspiring.

Feel free to check out other recent Memkite blog posts:

  1. Technical Feasibility of Building Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, i.e. Offline Web Search – Part I
  2. Mobile Eats the Cloud

Best regards,
Amund Tveit (@atveit), CEO and co-founder of Memkite

About Amund Tveit (@atveit - amund@memkite.com)

Amund Tveit works in Memkite on developing large-scale Deep Learning and Search (Convolutional Neural Network) with Swift and Metal for iOS (see deeplearning.education for a Memkite app video demo). He also maintains the deeplearning.university bibliography (github.com/memkite/DeepLearningBibliography)

Amund previously co-founded Atbrox , a cloud computing/big data service company (partner with Amazon Web Services), also doing some “sweat equity” startup investments in US and Nordic startups. His presentations about Hadoop/Mapreduce Algorithms and Search were among top 3% of all SlideShare presentations in 2013 and his blog posts has been frequently quoted by Big Data Industry Leaders and featured on front pages of YCombinator News and Reddit Programming

He previously worked for Google, where he was tech.lead for Google News for iPhone (mentioned as “Google News Now Looks Beautiful On Your iPhone” on Mashable.com), lead a team measuring and improving Google Services in the Scandinavian Countries (Maps and Search) and worked as a software engineer on infrastructure projects. Other work experience include telecom (IBM Canada) and insurance/finance (Storebrand).

Amund has a PhD in Computer Science. His publications has been cited more than 500 times. He also holds 4 US patents in the areas of search and advertisement technology, and a pending US patent in the area of brain-controlled search with consumer-level EEG devices.

Amund enjoys coding, in particular Python, C++ and Swift (iOS)

2 Responses to "Trondheim – the Unknown Mobile Tech Capital of the Nordics?"

  • Halvard Tveit
    April 29, 2014 - 8:29 am Reply

    Yes – Trondheim is an interesting city to live. I shared flat with Torleif Maseng at the Moholt student city in 1970. Torleif was very clever with electrical controllers and improved his car with different gadgets – he was far before all other :-) .

    And the increase in the different usages for silicon is spectacular – and some of the R&D takes place here. In June the silicon producers from all world will be gathered here in Trondheim.



    Halvard Tveit

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