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TTPCom reveals converged mobile device strategy

Posted: 24 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile phone? IP multimedia subsystem? IMS? convergence? TTPCom?

TTPCom Ltd has announced details of its mobile phone technology strategy to support the pace of telecommunications, internet and broadcast convergence, and to bring the benefits of this convergence to mass market mobile devices. According to the company, the foundation of their support for the merger of mobile, fixed, broadband and broadcast capability lies in their architecture of next generation framework for mobile phones.

This architecture, said TTPCom, provides a common software platform approach across multiple chipsets and multiple access technologies, allowing large technology blocks to be readily included or omitted for a variety of different handset models. The TTPCom architecture has been specified to allow support for a range of multiple access technologies, including traditional cellular (such as GSM/GPRS and WCDMA) as well as emerging capabilities such as Wi-Fi, WiMAX and DTV. Each of these access technologies routes information to handset applications via a common set of IP packet-based transport capabilities including the emerging IP multimedia subsystem (IMS). The architecture promises to ensure a separation of access technologies from IP transport protocols, leading to efficient and reliable implementations and reduced handset testing cycles.

TTPCom believes that the industry transition to IMS is "exciting," and that IMS completes the transition from a circuit-switched network to a fully packet-based network. This change enables a range of new services to be delivered to handset subscribers, said the press release.

"Convergence means uncertainty, change and disruption for handset manufacturers," said Peter Whale, head of software product strategy at TTPCom, in a statement. "Nobody can accurately predict what the next killer application will be, or what combinations of bearers will be required to address each service providers needs, so we have developed an architecture and service portfolio that will enable manufacturers to develop handsets that combine the multiple technologies and features that the rapidly changing market demands. True converged devices can now be for everyone, no longer the preserve of smartphone users."

TTPCom's architecture for converged devices supports the following standards: IMS, DVB-H, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11x), GAN/UMA, A-GPS and FM radio. All of these capabilities will be featured in handset models from 2006 onwards, and will be aided by new multitasking capabilities available to mass market handsets with the company's AJAR platform.

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