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Software Will Speed Time-To-Market, Ease Development
Posted: 02-Feb-2000 [Source: Motorola press release]

[Motorola offers scaleable chip set and software platform to manufacturers today at the GSM World Congress. The package includes a protocol software stack.]

Cannes, France -- Motorola (NYSE:MOT) announced today during the GSM World Congress it would offer other wireless equipment manufacturers its scaleable chip-set / software platform for GSM-based mobile terminals. The offering includes all the key components necessary to quickly bring a GSM product to market, including a comprehensive reference design and development system. Just as important, the platform is expected to be type-certified by Motorola and include the protocol software stack, something no other chip-set manufacturer can deliver today.

The platform will initially be offered in three configurations: a low-cost, voice only product, a GSM / TDMA dual-mode solution, and a GSM-EDGE configuration for high-speed data. Depending on the targeted feature-set, the solution includes the critical front-end transmit and receive RF products, an intermediate frequency (IF) device, a power management chip, and a power amplifier. The centerpiece of the platform is the recently announced DSP56690 baseband processor, which features an on-chip ROM memory space and a peripheral-set optimized for wireless applications.

"When we introduced the DSP56690 we were the first to offer one baseband processor that can handle the world's cellular standards," said Mario Rivas, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless Subscriber Systems Group. "Today we are building on that foundation and offering manufacturers a comprehensive DigitalDNA(r) solution that provides what they need to build a smarter phone, including the software."

The abundant processing power of the DSP56690 gives the customer the flexibility to develop their own specialized features, or to work with Motorola's engineering support team to integrate these functions in the platform. "Smart and Connected" features like personal area networking (Bluetooth), location-identification (GPS), and Personal Information Managers are expected to be mixed and matched as an increasingly diverse mixture of mobile products are brought to market. A key feature of the Motorola GSM platform solution is how well it works with existing products in the Motorola portfolio for bringing these additional features to market. For example, a customer who has a license for the Palm Operating System can source from Motorola the DragonBall microprocessor and use it as an adjunct processor to add PDA-functions to their GSM phone.

"The phenomenal growth of the wireless handset industry has sparked a need for devices to work across a variety of networks," said Ken Hyers, an industry analyst for Newton, MA.-based Cahners In-Stat Group. "Motorola's ability to deliver a scalable solution for GSM-based mobile terminals is another step toward global roaming capability on wireless devices."

The reference platform and Application Development System (ADS) for the voice-only product will be available in June of this year, with support for other configurations close behind.

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