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65nm GSM solution targets ULC handset market

Posted: 06 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ULC handset? GSM? TI? LoCosto? SRAM?

Texas Instruments Inc. has announced a third-generation GSM solution for the ultralow-cost (ULC) handset market. The solution promises improvements in voice clarity and loudness, longer battery life and support for a range of advanced features, including enhanced color display, FM stereo, MP3 ring tones, camera and MP3 playback. The LoCosto ULC single-chip platform also reduces electronic BOM (e-BOM) by up to 25 percent compared to current-generation products.

The new LoCosto ULC devicesthe TCS2305 and TCS2315are said to be the industry's first 65nm single-chip mobile phone products for GSM/GPRS handsets. Compared to the current LoCosto generation, the two solutions promise 60 percent longer standby time and 30 percent longer talk time, significantly improving handset battery lifea critical requirement in rural areas where access to power infrastructure may be limited. The solutions also improve voice loudness and include full duplex voice call support to mitigate voice chopping, both of which are necessary in noisy environments.

Moreover, LoCosto ULC offers full-color display with no external SRAM and will support more advanced features for a unique user experience, including MP3 ring tones and MP3 playback; FM stereo; camera; USB charging for universal and easy charger access; slimmer, more stylish form factors; and handset security through TI's M-Shield advanced hardware and software security framework for robust protection of copyrighted content for publishers and operator investments of value-added services.

LoCosto ULC products will sample in 1H 2007 and are expected to be in volume production in 2008.

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