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Texas Instruments, ST, and Nokia Join Forces to Enter CDMA Market
May 16, 2003
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STMicroelectronics (ST), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), and Nokia announced on Thursday that TI and ST will offer ICs based on technology developed jointly with Nokia that together compose standard CDMA chipsets. The chipset ICs will be marketed by ST and TI to handset manufacturers worldwide for cdma2000 1X and 1xEV-DV (1x Evolution for Data and Voice) mobile Internet handsets. The technology has been incorporated in the Nokia-specific chipset used in its cdma2000 1X phones, and following generations of this technology will be used in Nokia-specific chipsets for future 1xEV-DV handsets. Availability of qualified samples of the cdma2000 1X chipset is expected next quarter.

"CDMA handset manufacturers now have unprecedented choices to design innovative and competitive cdma2000 wireless products based on these open, standard CDMA chipset solutions from ST and TI," said Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president of TI's wireless business unit. "This will stimulate healthy competition in the CDMA market and fuel the growth and evolution of handset designs, features and roadmaps."

TI and ST say they are uniting elements of their respective technologies into a portfolio of ICs forming CDMA chipsets that target multiple market segments and present handset manufacturers with flexibility and choice through open hardware interfaces, including interfaces to RF subsystems and application processors. An open Application Programming Interface (API) that will facilitate customization of products and accelerate the proliferation of easily portable applications onto this platform provides additional flexibility, the companies say.

The chipsets will also reportedly provide reduced bill-of-materials cost compared to similar offerings, low-power consumption for both standby and talk times, and the benefit of suppliers with world-class production facilities and proven wireless chipset expertise. In addition to the initial CDMA chipset targeting the cdma2000 1X standard, TI and ST claim that handset manufacturers will also have a time-to-market advantage for future cdma2000 1xEV-DV handsets with the industry's first complete chipset for this market.

"To accelerate the growth of the CDMA market, it is essential to give handset manufacturers a choice of competitive solutions and suppliers. By combining our complementary strengths, TI and ST are uniquely positioned to stimulate the rapid growth of this market by jointly offering the most competitive chipset ICs," said Aldo Romano, corporate VP and general manager of ST's Telecommunications, Peripherals and Automotive groups. "Building on the successful relationship between the two leaders, this new cooperation reinforces our joint commitment to driving openness in the mobile terminal market."

In addition to the CDMA chipset solutions, ST and TI say they will make available their own complementary wireless technologies including applications processors, which support the OMAPI standard, wireless LAN, Bluetooth?, and GPS location technology. ST offers Flash memory products as an option to complement the chipset. Both ST and TI offer customers semiconductor manufacturing capabilities with the demonstrated ability to support high-performance, low-power, and cost-effective silicon in high-volume production.

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