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Wireless MultiComms processor comes to market

Posted: 21 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? wireless MuliComms chip? air interface?

Asocs has announced the launch of the MP100, claimed to be the world's first wireless MultiComms processor capable of running up to three wireless air interfaces concurrently.

Customers using the single-chip MultiComm processor can reduce the BOM by up to 50 percent and power consumption by as much as 70 percent, while supporting wireless standards such as GSM/EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, HD Mobile Digital TV and GPS. The software reconfigurable ModemX core in the MP100 further enables handheld device manufacturers, OEMs and ODMs to move into the 4G era smoothly by developing software-based Super 3G, LTE and Mobile WiMAX products today.

"Launching the world's first MultiComm processor positions Asocs at the forefront of the emerging world of wireless convergence," said Tom Yemington, VP of business development. "With LTE deployment expected to begin as early as 2010, device manufacturers are faced with yet another communications standard to integrate. OEMs using Asocs ModemX technology can ship a single-chip mainstream MultiComms baseband solution in parallel with LTE development and later add LTE as a low-risk software upgrade."

The MP100 was developed by Asocs, in conjunction with Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd, a world leader in LSI applications and advanced semiconductor process technologies. Fujitsu process technology coupled with Asocs patented technology, enables flexible interface with all major RF standards to form a complete wireless MultiComm SoC. Initial lots of the MP100 were produced using Fujitsu's advanced shuttle service (SiExpress), enabling customers to begin MP100 evaluation in the shortest possible time.

"The MP100 fabricated by Fujitsu's advanced process technology enables users to fully utilize MultiComm solution that is on the forefront of technology," said Satoru Yamaguchi, VP for global strategic marketing of Fujitsu Microelectronics.

The Asocs MP100 MultiComm processor introduces a new approach to wireless communicationa single IP-based platform offering high-performance, software reconfigurable modems, low latency air-interface switching, and minimal power consumptionenabling user-transparent access to the internet. Users could now enjoy true mobile Internet without manually optimizing performance, cost and power consumption.

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