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Techno Concepts woos Asia with SDR technology

Posted: 19 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software? signal? wireless? analog? cmos?

Following up on a foray into China, U.S. software-defined-radio specialist company Techno Concepts Inc. is targeting one of Asia's most sophisticated wireless markets, South Korea.

The company said Friday (July 15) that it had demonstrated its True Software Radio receiver technology to a group of about 40 Korean executives from 16 companies, including SK Telecom, LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Venture Investment Corp. A handful of government engineers and researchers also witnessed the demonstration.

Techno Concepts has developed a chip technology for wireless products that performs the signal processing by converting the signals from the antenna directly into a digital form. The company hopes to develop a single-chip handset solution that can be applied across multiple standards and seamlessly tap into various global mobile networks to transmit voice, data, and video signals.

The company has already inked a deal with China Electronics Corp., a $5 billion state-controlled company, which will use TechnoConcepts TSR technology in commercial and government wireless applications. The TechnoConcepts front-end chips are set to be made using gallium arsenide initially and eventually migrate to silicon germanium, to be followed later on by low-power CMOS designs.

TechnoConcepts executives are focusing on Asia because they say there is strong consumer and government interest here. In the Korean demonstration, the company showed that its software could process signals ranging from 450MHz to 1.2GHz, including a walkie talkie operating at 465MHz, without any of the traditional front-end analog and RF circuitry.

After the demonstration, the company said it is in discussions with Korean clients to develop chips for commercial applications in the 6GHz range. Techno Concepts also plans on opening a development center in Korea.

- Mike Clendenin

EE Times

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