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Chipset enables below-$150 Smartphones

Posted: 22 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agere Systems? high-speed downlink packet access? HSDPA? Smartphones? X455?

Agere Systems announced that engineering samples are available for its new chipset solution enabling the development of mass-market high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) capable feature phones and Smartphones at price points of $150 or less. According to the company, phones and PC cards based on its X455 HSDPA product will support true mobile broadband connectivity by enabling data downlinks at up to 3.6Mbps, nearly ten times faster than the peak rates of W-CDMA solutions.

The press release states that the X455 provides a flexible and scalable platform as network technology evolves from GPRS/EDGE to W-CDMA and HSDPA. The X455 is a two-chip solution that provides complete digital and analog baseband functionality, ensuring high-bandwidth connectivity for end users throughout the stages of HSDPA roll-out. The solution simultaneously supports Release 5 Category 6 (3.6Mbps) downlink, W-CDMA uplink and downlink (384Kbps), as well as voice services for the highest broadband cellular performance available today, Agere said.

Additionally, the X455's programmable ModemArt engine enables rapid implementation of technical updates using software and firmware. This capability allows handset and PC card makers to quickly update and validate HSDPA designs, significantly reducing deployment risks as well as cycle time for interoperability testing and certification by up to six months, the company said.

Denis Regimbal, EVP of Agere's mobility division, commented, "The X455 is a flexible communications engine that allows our customers to target products for the volume segments of the market, where the value-added services that HSDPA brings to life will generate lucrative returns for service providers."

The company expects to be in volume production of the X455 in the second half of 2006.

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