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Xilinx CPLDs adopted in Sharp handsets

Posted: 20 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable logic? CoolRunner-II? CPLD? complex programmable logic device? W-ZERO3?

Xilinx Inc. announced that Sharp Corp. has adopted its CoolRunner-II CPLDs for Sharp's W-ZERO3 series of mobile information handsets. Sharp developed and manufactures the handsets for Wilcom, a Japanese cellular voice and datacom services provider. The CoolRunner-II devices act as the keyboard interface providing I/O expansion features, where it aims to reduce the load on the handset microcontroller.

Launched in December 2005, Wilcom's W-ZERO3 handheld devices will have features including voice, video, music downloads, Internet and email access. The handset series has a 3.7-inch VGA (640 x 480 dot resolution) mobile ASV LCD and integrated keyboard. They run on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese OS.

According to ABI Research, new applications such as music download, web browsing, email and digital photography will drive the market for smart phones from 22 million in 2004 to 224 million in 2008.

"The pace of new feature requirements in the smart handset market is among the fastest in all of electronics, and market variations among regions, age groups and buying demographics compound the challenge. Product developers need flexibility to meet such targets, but can't afford compromises in design time, costs, power or size," said Alan Varghese, principal analyst, wireless research at ABI Research. "With the increasingly competitive price/performance points of PLDs, their flexible nature is making programmable solutions an attractive and viable choice for consumer applications."

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