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Qualcomm samples UMTS solutions ahead of schedule

Posted: 11 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? UMTS? Mobile Station Modem? MSM? MSM6245?

Qualcomm Inc. announced that it will be sampling three of its UMTS solutions ahead of schedule in order to enable the quicker delivery of affordable and compelling 3G handsets to the UMTS market.

According to the company, the early sampling of the Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM6245 chipset for entry-level WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM (WEDGE) devices, MSM6255A chipset for mainstream multimedia WEDGE devices, and MSM6260 chipset for highly cost-efficient HSDPA devices supporting 3.6Mbps data rates, will help enable the proliferation of mass-market UMTS devices, driving the migration of 2G wireless users to 3G.

"Qualcomm remains committed to ensuring its manufacturing partners' success by delivering a competitive time-to-market advantage, especially to the entry-level and mid-tier markets which are so essential to driving the overall migration of subscribers to 3G," said Alex Katouzian, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, in a statement. "The early sampling of this family of cost-efficient WCDMA and HSDPA chipsets demonstrates our continuing excellence in delivering next-generation technology."

The "value platform" MSM6245 chipset and multimedia platform MSM6255A and MSM6260 chipsets, are part of Qualcomm's segmented roadmap offering complete coverage of all market tiers. These three solutions leverage 65nm process technology and are also software API-, RF- and pin-compatible to offer handset manufacturers shortened design cycles and reduced development costs by allowing the leveraging of a common chipset platform for multiple device designs.

Qualcomm added that the complete MSM6245, MSM6255A and MSM6260 chipset solutions include the RTR6275 transceiver which further enables more cost-efficient and attractive mobile handsets for single-band WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks. The company's first RF CMOS solution for UMTS/EGPRS networks, the RTR6275 sampled in January of 2006 and can be combined with the RFR6275 UMTS receive device for multi-band UMTS/HSDPA and assisted-GPS support.

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