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Qualcomm chip targets emerging cellphone markets

Posted: 04 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? QSC1100? CDMA2000?

Qualcomm Inc. has introduced the QSC1100 single-chip solution designed to enable CDMA2000 handsets that are said to break new industry price barriers for emerging markets worldwide.

In addition to supporting features such as downloadable polyphonic ringtones and color displays, Qualcomm said the new solution doubles talk time compared to currently available CDMA2000 handsets. Targeted at the huge subscriber growth anticipated in emerging markets around the world, the chip features multiple technologies to dramatically improve network capacity by up to 100 percent, the company said.

"The QSC1100 enables our handset manufacturing partners to further extend their offerings in emerging markets by introducing compelling, attractive devices at new price points," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Working with all levels of the wireless ecosystem, Qualcomm is able to meet a common goal of accelerating time to market for a wide variety of new handsets with differentiated features and superior user experiences."

The solution's integration of baseband modem, RF transceiver, power management and system memory into a single chip reduces the number of discrete components required, reduces BOM costs and delivers board-area savings of more than 50 percent, Qualcomm said. Manufacturers can now offer smaller and sleeker designs at significantly lower price points and benefit from reduced development time for quicker time to market.

The QSC1100 solution is expected to sample by the second half of 2007.




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