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Posted by inet on 2006-02-12       Article Source : EE Times

PARIS— Philips Semiconductors has scored a significant win in the emerging Wi-Fi and cellular converged phones business and said Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)-enabled phones, based on its Nexperia cellular system solution, will soon become available in the U.S. market from a major operator.
While Philips declined to name the U.S. operator and handset vendors supplying the UMA phones, the Dutch semiconductor company claimed an early lead Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the emerging UMA market “as an independent system solution provider,” because

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-10       Article Source : EE Times

PARIS— Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has joined forces with Nokia and Symbian to offer later this year a 3G handset reference design. It will run Nokia’s S60 software on Symbian operating system, using Freescale’s single core modem.

Elektrobit Group Plc, a Finnish company specialized in wireless technology design and testing, is implementing this reference design.

Elektrobit is separately developing a 3G S60 “reference phone” running on Symbian OS, scheduled for introduction in the second quarter of 2007. The reference phone will

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-09       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Motorola is pushing to get communications servers based on the emerging MicroTCA specification accepted by equipment makers targeting both the wireless and wireline sectors.

The company's Embedded Communications Group Tuesday (Feb. 7) is launching its Centellis 1000 series, which it says will accelerate network deployment from the core to the edge, as well as to the access layer.

According to Paul Virgo, marketing director of Motorola ECG, the MicroTCA platform will become increasingly relevant to access layer applications,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-09       Article Source : VARBusiness

IBM on Monday said it has developed new chips for quickly transmitting data over wireless networks.

The chips use a portion of the radio spectrum that can carry more data at faster speeds, IBM said.

That could make them useful for sending high-definition video from a DVD player to a television or downloading digital photos through a wireless connection, the company said.

Several electronics companies are considering whether to use the chips in their products, but the company did not name

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-07       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

The worldwide WiFi VoIP phone market jumped 76% to reach $102.5 million in revenue this year, according to a report by Infonetics.

The market is projected to more than double in the next year, as enterprises continue to deploy VoIP. By 2009, the phone revenue should hit $1.9 billion. Roughly two-thirds of WiFi phone revenue came from single-mode WiFi VoIP handsets in 2005, and 1/3 from dual-mode handsets. By 2009, dual-mode handsets are predicted to make up threee-quarters of total revenue. The

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-06       Article Source : EE Times

NTT Docomo Inc. will begin evaluating Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) this month.
"Docomo will be in charge of the test among the NTT group and landline companies will join the test," said Masao Nakamura, president and CEO of Docomo.

"I've been interested in WiMax as an intermediate technology between fixed line and mobile. We'll begin the test quite soon," added Nakamura.

Docomo will evaluate WiMax performances such as throughput and intervene.

WiMax activity is

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Google Inc. and Volkswagen of America Inc. are developing an in-car navigation system that displays a photo-quality view of a route, instead of the typical line drawings found in current systems.

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp. is also part of the project, which has produced a prototype that was shown in last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The three companies are hoping that consumers will take to seeing pictures of the stores, houses and office buildings they pass en route

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-04       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Quorum Systems, Inc., TTPCom Ltd and Analog Devices Inc. have collaborated on a GSM/Voice-over-Wi-Fi dual-mode handset reference design.

Dubbed the Sereno UM-1 and housed in a small form-factor clam-shell design, the reference design incorporates Quorum’s QS2000 single-chip bulk-CMOS multi-mode transceiver, ADI’s Blackfin SoftFone EDGE chipset and TTPCom’s protocol stack and architecture.

The companies suggest phones that support Wi-Fi and cellular will become one of the fastest growing market segments, and would reach over 100 million units by 2010.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

Preparing for the upcoming 3GSM 2006 trade show in Barcelona, companies backing the European GSM cell phone standard have reported successful completion of demonstrations that have reached speeds of 3.6Mbps.

Motorola reported Wednesday that with co-developer NTT DoCoMo it has successfully created a high-speed downlink High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) prototype that can operate on global WCDMA networks.

The day before, Novatel Wireless reported that it had developed an HSDPA PC Card Modem, the Merlin U870, for use in

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-03   

Kyocera Wireless Corp. has signed a strategic alliance with Marvell to develop a dual-mode Wi-Fi/CDMA handset platform.

Kyocera Wireless (San Diego), will leverage the wireless LAN technology of Marvell (Santa Clara, Calif.), which supplies storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. By doing so, Kyocera hopes to capture the market for WLAN-enabled cellular handsets, projected by some analysts to reach 125 million by 2008—about 15 percent of the global market for mobile phones.

"The footprint and adoption of WLAN networks is

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-15       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Motorola Inc. has made a strategic equity investment in Global Locate, a privately-held GPS semiconductor, software, and services provider.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Founded in 1999, Global Locate (San Jose) provides A-GPS technology to the mobile wireless industry. Their host-based semiconductor solutions bring IndoorGPS technology to a full spectrum of mobile wireless devices, including handsets, smartphones, PNDs, two-way radios, and automotive applications.

Global Locate's network products include the World Wide Reference Network (WWRN), a

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-15       Article Source : CRN

Over the next few months, Symbol Technologies plans to roll out a flurry of new wireless products, including a handheld computer, a forklift scanner, a wireless switch for blade server racks and a miniature scan engine.

The MC9097 handheld computer, due to ship by the end of March, is a 23-ounce scanning and data-entry device that combines wireless Internet, VoIP, two-way walkie-talkie and Bluetooth functionality, said Chuck Dourlet, vice president of product management at Symbol, Holtsville, N.Y. Mobile employees who perform tasks

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-15       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Verizon Wireless Friday launched a service that enables subscribers who use a special phone to get their e-mail in more than 50 countries.

The cellular operator's GlobalEMail service works with the Samsung i830 phone it launched last week. That phone works both on Verizon's CDMA network in the U.S. and on GSM networks, which is the dominant technology in Europe and many other parts of the world.

"With GlobalEmail, Verizon Wireless business customers and mobile professionals can respond to messages

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-14       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

CBS is developing a soap opera specifically for broadcast to cell phones, the entertainment industry site Variety.com reported Wednesday.

The publication said that the network plans to run between five and seven original episodes of the unnamed soap opera a week. Each episode will be between three and five minutes long, according to the publication.

Most cellular operators either already are offering or plan to offer both streaming video and broadcast TV to their subscribers. Most content developed for such

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-13       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — The industry is honing in on a compromise proposal for the contentious IEEE 802.11n next generation WLAN standard, and a deal could be struck next week at the task group’s meeting in Hawaii.

On Wednesday (Jan. 11), the Joint Proposal (JP) team representing the final three TGn proposal groups (TGnSync, WWise, and MITMOT), seemed to bury many hatchets and voted unanimously to adopt the (fourth) Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) specification.

This proposal is being finalized over the next

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