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PrairieComm baseband processor supports UMTS, GSM voice calls

Posted: 20 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:prairiecomm? baseband processor? voice processor? dsp? digital signal processing?

Claimed to be the world's first single-chip baseband processor to support UMTS and GSM voice calls, the PCI5110 is aimed at facilitating the design and production of 3G handsets similar in size to 2G handsetsat increased speed, improved performance and with advanced data applications.

UMTS and GSM voice calls have been demonstrated in PrairieComm's laboratories in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

Suitable for UMTS, GSM, and GPRS handsets, the PCI5110 incorporates an ARM microprocessor and a TeakLite DSP core into its design, enabling the IC to have a chip-count comparable to that found in 2G handsets. With the PCI5110, the only major semiconductor components required to build a UMTS handset are Flash and SRAMs, and WCDMA/GSM RF antennas.

"With the number of worldwide GSM subscribers forecast to exceed 750 million this year, handset manufacturers are desperately looking for an easy and cost-effective means to incorporate 3G capabilities into their many existing GSM product lines," said Allen Nogee, senior analyst, Wireless Component Technology, Cahners In-Stat/MDR.

"PrairieComm's PCI5110 offers such solutions, as it provides manufacturers with an easy way to incorporate UMTS functionality into their terminals, while still maintaining an SFF and low total parts count," he adds.

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