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Sasken inks deals with mobile platform suppliers

Posted: 14 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile handsets? H.263 encoder? multimedia codec-based technology? wireless design? 3gpp?

Sasken Communication Technologies has signed a deal with Anite Telecoms Ltd designed to halve the amount of time needed to bring mobile handsets and devices to market.

Separately, Sasken said it is licensing its H.263 encoder to Ericsson Mobile Platforms for use in Ericsson's wireless devices. The deal is expected to reduce Ericsson's time-to-market and research costs, the partners said.

Sasken is licensing 3GPP conformance test scripts for integration into Anite's test and measurement equipment. The Bangalore company's 3GPP protocol stack was first delivered to customers in 2000, and Sasken said it has so far written and tested more than 500 of the third-generation test scripts defined by industry standards groups.

"If an individual 3G developer were to initiate writing and internally validating the majority of 3G test scripts, it would take more than two years," said Prabhas Kumar, VP of Sasken's networks division.

Sasken focuses on communications products and 3G core software development and is one of the few Indian companies working in that area. Its terminal protocol stack has already been licensed to Intel Corp. and Cellular 3G Inc.

Sasken supplies multimedia codec-based technology, including standards-based audio, image and video codecs such as MPEG-4. It also provides applications and protocol stacks to the wireless-terminal equipment market as well as to platform vendors.

Anite director Daniel Oosthuizen said 3G solutions developers are seeking to cut time-to-market and that integration of Sasken's test scripts with Anite's 3G test platforms help achieve the goal. Anite Telecoms specializes in test products for mobile-equipment manufacturers, operators and test laboratories for development and testing of 2G, 2.5G and 3G terminals.

Ericsson's plans

Ericsson, for its part, plans to integrate Sasken's H.263 encoder into its wireless-device platform to enable video signals to be taken from a camera, or from files, as input and compressed into a digital stream for transmission over a wireless network. The H.263 encoder is seen as fostering applications such as multimedia messaging and 3G video streaming.

Sasken's wideband-CDMA protocol stack software has also been used in Intel's personal Internet client architecture platform. Chief executive officer Rajiv Mody said working with Intel has boosted Sasken's wireless-protocol stack development. Intel's investment arm, Intel Capital, holds an equity stake in Sasken.

Sasken is also an Open Multimedia Applications Platform (Omap) technology partner with Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. Sasken provides support to TI's customers on the Omap platform for multimedia codec solutions and application development.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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