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Samsung takes lead in IMEC mobile terminal research

Posted: 28 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:imec? portable communication? m4? mobile terminal? multimedia?

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has become the first long-term strategic partner within the multi-mode multimedia research program known as M4, being organized by IMEC. Samsung and IMEC intend to collaborate on key technologies for future portable communication products, IMEC said.

The premise of the research is that future mobile terminals will deal with a multitude of communication modes and multimedia applications, and will need to be adaptive; managing communication and computational resources that are distributed and shared. IMEC's M4 integrated research platform aims to resolve the fundamental technological issues for future mobile terminals, allowing the true ubiquitous network environment to become a reality.

Complexity, cost, power consumption, high throughput at low latency, and flexibility are the five primary hurdles in developing a mobile terminal, IMEC said. To overcome these hurdles, IMEC and Samsung have outlined a number of domains of innovation, which are targeted by the M4 technology programs.

In addition to a strategic partnership with Samsung, IMEC has links with several technology partners including Freescale Semiconductor Inc, Infineon Technologies AG and Xilinx Inc., collaborating within one of the M4 subordinate technology programs.

"We believe IMEC's outstanding research capability would match Samsung's need well. Through this strategic partnership, both Samsung and IMEC can achieve mutual benefit in preparing for the future," said Joonki Kim, head of the digital research center of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, in a statement issued by IMEC.

"We are very pleased that our successful relationship with Samsung, which started in 2003 with Samsung joining our core sub-45nm CMOS research platform, has now resulted in this M4 strategic partnership," said Gilbert Declerck, president and CEO of IMEC, in the same statement.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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