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SK Telecom, Staccato partner on UWB mobile services

Posted: 19 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB? ultra wideband? WPAN? mobile services? handsets?

Staccato Communications and Korea's SK Telecom unveiled plans for the global delivery of ultra wideband (UWB) wireless personal area network (WPAN) mobile phone services.

According to the press release, the adoption of UWB by one of the largest mobile carriers today will result in a host of new mobile handset applications. SK Telecom selected Staccato for the its leadership in UWB silicon and for the competitive advantages inherent in its Ripcord single-chip, all CMOS-based family of solutions.

As a result of this partnership, customers will be provided with increased choices for content delivery from access points, connecting mobile phones to larger displays (PC, TV, Auto), connecting mobile phones to the PC ecosystem, and sharing profiles and content from one user to another through personal area social networking.

Services developed and launched by both companies will be standardized and offered worldwide to other operators after initial launch in Korea. With this introduction of UWB WPAN mobile phone services, customers will have expanded options and bandwidth for entertainment content delivery to their mobile devices.

"The SK Telecom-Staccato announcement is significant for at least three reasons. First, it signals adoption of UWB in mobile handsets much sooner than anyone had anticipated. Second, it shatters the assumption that a mobile carrier is not willing to use UWB products operating below 6GHz. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, the value of the UWB applications and services envisioned by SK Telecom looks like it could be very high and very beneficial to both the users and the carriers," said Fiona Thomson, market analyst, IMS Research.

"In order to successfully deploy these mobile devices, we needed a solution based on single-chip CMOS. Staccato is the only company that has accomplished that product design with their Ripcord low-cost, small form-factor wireless solutions," said Dr. Jong Tae Ihm, vice president and head of the mobile device & access network R&D center for SK Telecom.

"With the mobile handset market representing nearly one billion units worldwide annually, the decision of SK Telecom to adopt the WiMedia Common Radio Platform means a tremendous boost to the potential market for WiMedia applications and Staccato in particular. The impact of this will not remain limited to one application, but will bring an entire array of new features and applications to the mobile customer," said Marty Colombatto, chairman and CEO for Staccato.

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