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Infineon, Motorola to develop multimode 3G RFIC

Posted: 27 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G RF transceiver? HSDPA? HSUPA?

Infineon Technologies AG and Motorola have signed an agreement for the development of a new multimode, single-chip 3G RF transceiver based on Infineon's SMARTi UE chip. Terms of the development agreement were not disclosed.

Motorola selected Infineon to develop the new RF chip, which will address the growing market for 3G services by offering maximum HSDPA and HSUPA performance, efficient power consumption and slim design.

"The new chip will effectively reduce size and footprint for next generation 3G devices and offer best in class radio performance at market leading system cost," commented Stefan Wolff, VP and general manager of Infineon's RF engine business unit.

"GSM-based technologies will be dominant for the early forecast period, accounting for just under 70 percent of all production in 2006. However, the market is rapidly switching over to 3G-based technologies of various types," explained Alan Brown, research director at Gartner. "The main 3G variant is W-CDMA (including HSPA and LTE), and this will be produced in high volumes worldwide in 2010, representing 56 per cent of total production."

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