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GPRS wireless phone reference design
Posted: 12-Sep-2000 [Source: Pixo press release]

[Time to market is critical for GPRS handset manufacturers, and this reference design from Pixo may give designers a head start.]

Cupertino, Calif. -- Pixo, Inc., a leading developer of software and services for wireless phones, today announced that it has integrated the Pixo software platform to Conexant System's hardware platform to create the world's first complete reference design for GPRS (General Packet Radio System) wireless phones. When combined, these technologies allow wireless manufacturers to bring their phones to market faster, while enabling them to deliver advanced wireless Internet functionality through GPRS networks.

An extension of the dominant GSM wireless protocol, GPRS is a packet-based network standard that provides greater network capacity for voice and data traffic, as well as an "always on," fast connection to the wireless Web. Similar packet data networks have been a key element in the success of the wireless Internet in Japan. As it supports the Internet Protocol, GPRS networks will ultimately allow consumers to access the entire Web from their wireless phones.

"Japan's packet networks have been crucial in improving usability and fueling demand for wireless Internet services," said Dave Rothschild, president and CEO of Pixo, Inc. "Pixo and Conexant are embracing the migration to packet data networks and Internet standards through our GPRS wireless phone reference design."

"Conexant is dedicated to providing the world's digital cellular phone manufacturers with comprehensive solutions that enable them to meet market demands quickly and efficiently," said Moiz Beguwala, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's Wireless Communications Division. "Working with Pixo, we are able to provide the first complete system solution for GPRS wireless phones to leverage the advanced capabilities of packet data networks."

The Pixo Platform for wireless phones features a microbrowser, Pixo Platform Applications such as calendar, phonebook, scheduler, and email, Pixo Partner Extensions, international language support, and the Pixo Toolbox and Pixo Application Framework to shorten development time.

GPRS represents the third air interface protocol supported by the Pixo Platform. Last year, Pixo partnered with Conexant to announce a reference design for GSM phones. Earlier this year, Pixo announced a customer relationship with Samsung in which it is developing a software platform for a line of CDMA phones.

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