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Infineon, Interdigital fuel ties with combined 2G/3G solution

Posted: 06 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Infineon Technologies AG? InterDigital Communications Corp.? GSM? GPRS? EDGE?

Infineon licensed its GSM/ GPRS/EDGE S-GOLD 3 baseband modem and a protocol stack software from subsidiary Comneon to InterDigital Communications Corp., intensifying ties between the two suppliers and coming up with an optimum 2G/3G modem solution.

The combined 2G and 3G solution from Infineon and InterDigital offer optimum performance, price, size and power consumption. Key features include E-GPRS multi-slot class 12, transmit diversity and single antenna interference cancellation, Comneon's platform independent dual mode WEDGE protocol stack, and WCDMA advanced receiver and optional receive diversity.

Moreover, the solution has HSDPA Cat. 8, enabling up to 7.2Mbps in downlink and HSUPA Cat. 3, enabling up to 1.5Mbps in uplink.

"InterDigital now offers an entire dual-mode 2G/3G modem suite to customers," said Mark Lemmo, senior business development and product management officer at InterDigital. "By integrating this market proven, evolutionary 2G technology with our own leading-edge WCDMA technology, we have a compelling design solution for semiconductor companies seeking to enter the 3G market, as well as handset manufacturers seeking to design and produce their own 2G/3G modems."

Under the extended agreement with Infineon, InterDigital has the right to use Infineon's 2G technology in its own modem offering or to sublicense the technology to third parties developing their own 2G/3G modem offerings. InterDigital also gains access to all applicable design specifications, source code and other design data for Infineon's integrated GSM/GPRS/EDGE baseband and protocol stack technology, including S-GOLD 3 baseband processor ASIC design with support for Infineon's market leading RF, Power Management and Connectivity modules as well as related components.

"Through the licensing of the Infineon technology, we have fully-enabled all three market channels we intend to use for our modem business," added William J. Merritt, InterDigital's President and CEO. "Those market channels are the licensing of components of the modem, the licensing of the complete design, and the sale of ASICs. We believe that the ability to offer this complete technology suite in a variety of manners, and in a complementary fashion with our patents, can be a value driver for InterDigital."




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