Freescale advances 3G subsystem design

Freescale is announcing their fourth generation multimode 3G WCDMA/EDGE cellular RF subsystem. A new slimmer design uses 70% less space than previous designs, allowing manufacturers to create elegant feature-packed 3G handsets.

The dual-mode RF cellular subsystem will offer a three-to-one component reduction. Integration of MP3 players, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, digital cameras, DVB-H, GPS and micro harddrives will be possible while reducing the handset size. Talk and standby times are also increased by 33% over previous subsystems.

WCDMA/UMTS handset markets are reported to have grown 168 percent in 2005 to the 45.6-million-unit level.

“While other companies are still experimenting with early generations of WCDMA RF subsystems, Freescale is now providing a fully mature, robust fourth-generation solution,” said Kent Heath, director of cellular operations, Radio Products Division for Freescale. “This paves the way for our customers to provide smaller, cheaper 3G phones with extended talk times.”


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