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Agere sampling Class 12 Edge/GPRS reference designs

Posted: 25 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agere systems? reference platform? gprs/edge technology? csr? coding technologies?

Agere Systems claimed its latest reference platform for multimedia mobile phones based on GPRS/Edge technology can reduce handset time-to-market by up to three months. The company has begun sampling the reference design to leading selected multimedia product makers.

The platform uses silicon and software architecture as a basis for new features from such leading suppliers as CSR, Coding Technologies, Esmertec, Hantro, Qualphone and Sonic Network.

Agere will demonstrate the platform this week at the PT Expo Comm China tradeshow in Beijing.

At the center of the platform is Agere's Sceptre HPE chipset, based on the ARM 946E-S core. It is said to be one of the fastest and smallest Class 12-capable Edge chipset available. Including power management, the solution's overall footprint of 164mm? is up to 20 percent smaller than competing solutions.

Preintegrated and tested third-party applications include Bluetooth capability from CSR, MP3 and MPEG-4 video playback. Agere can provide licensing for all of the software which simplifies and reduces the development process since separate contracts with each supplier are no longer generally required.

Features and connectivity options include MPEG-4 video delivering up to 20fps playback, MP3 music and aacPlus ring tones, EAS 40-note polyphonic sound in software, IP multimedia subsystem, push-to-talk, on-chip USB, Bluetooth and infrared connectivity, Java, removable secure digital and multimedia memory cards.

"The mobile phone market is changing at red-hot speeds and handset makers are turning to chipset suppliers that can quickly deliver more complete and customized solutions," said Luc Seraphin, VP of Agere's Mobility division in a statement.

Industry analyst firm Gartner estimates that Edge-enabled phones will account for 17.2 percent of GSM handset shipments worldwide by the end of 2006.

Using four uplink and two downlink network timeslots, the GPRS/Edge platform enables download speeds of more than 200Kbps and upload speeds exceeding 100Kbps.

- John Walko

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