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Philips new solution eyes GSM/GPRS mobile handsets

Posted: 08 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Royal Philips Electronics unveiled its highly integrated Nexperia Cellular System Solution for low- to mid-end GSM/GPRS mobile handsets. With the Nexperia Cellular System Solution 5120, Asian manufacturers benefit from a highly compact, complete hardware/software design, optimized for multimedia performance, Philips said. The new system enables these manufacturers to shorten development cycles and take increasingly advanced, but cost-effective handsets quickly to market, it added.

The new solution is comprised of a Nexperia Cellular Baseband (OM6357-7), the UAA3587 RF transceiver, the BGY502 front-end module, the PCF50603 power management unit and of course software. Reducing the overall component count by 25 to 30 percent, to a total of 75 components, means more available board space for advanced features, the company shared.

"Handset shelf-life has been dramatically reduced to less than six months," said Peter Baumgartner, SVP and GM for Philips' International Marketing and Sales, Global Market Segment Communications. "Therefore, Asian handset makers need to continuously deliver up-to-date models to retain and grow their customer base. Philips Nexperia Cellular System Solution 5120 provides plug-and-play integration, which eases the design-in process and facilitates multimedia features integration."

Featuring 2 out of 4 bands (850/1900 or 900/1800), MMS 2.0, WAP and JAVA, the GSM/GPRS solution has achieved full Interoperability Test (IOT) validation. In a fast-moving environment, this testing ensures reliability as well as compliance with networks, certified with PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) release 3.0.1 and GSM Conformance Forum (GCF) 3.15 release.

Software features include speech recognition, SyncML, Instant Messaging and Presence Services (IMPS) and LifeVibes audio enhancements. Hardware extensions include Bluetooth, Video MPEG 4 and FM radio.

The Nexperia Cellular System Solution also comes with a developers kit, enabling Asian customers to get immediate access to the platform to develop their own applications, but also with a self-guided training pack and a set of documentation that provides reference material.

Samples are already available. Volume production is scheduled for Q1 2005.

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