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Motorola, Freescale band together on 3G technology

Posted: 14 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:universal mobile telecommunications system? 3g/umts?

Motorola Inc. and Freescale Semiconductor have signed a multi-year agreement to develop new platforms for third-generation universal mobile telecommunications system (3G/UMTS) technologies to be used on products reaching the mass market through 2008.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The agreement between Motorola (Schaumburg, Ill.) and Freescale (Austin, Texas) includes the development of baseband, RF, power management and power amplifier components. It builds on four years of ongoing collaboration between Freescale, formerly Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector before being spun off in 2004, and Motorola in the drive to develop 3G/UMTS solutions.

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, an estimated one billion subscribers will utilize 3G services by 2010 with compound annual growth rates exceeding 70 percent the next five years.

Motorola will use Freescale's 3G platforms, featuring high-speed download packet access, a single-core modem architecture to bring high performance, low power, and competitively priced phones to the market.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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