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Samsung is working with Infineon on Symbian based Smartphone Platform
Posted: 17-Feb-2003 [Source: Samsung Electronics]

[The Samsung/Infineon GSM/GPRS Class 10 platform chipset is based on an ARM9 processor with onboard flash, sdram, protocol stack, and multimedia support. Prototypes are being demonstrated this week in Cannes.]

Cannes, France -- Samsung Electronics and Infineon Technologies today announced a cooperation to provide a comprehensive smartphone system solution, based on Symbian OS, that will significantly reduce development time.

The current platform includes Samsung's recently announced System-in Package (SiP) Application Processor, a complete Infineon GSM/GPRS Class 10 modem. This platform uses Symbian OS, TapRoot Systems' telephony software and PacketVideo's wireless MPEG-4 decoder and encoder solutions.

"This alliance supports today's mobile business requirements by offering a smartphone design platform with increased multimedia features." said Dr. Hyung Lae Roh, Executive Vice President, SoC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics. "Smartphone designers can create powerful, feature-rich mobile devices that utilize the latest browsers as well as drive a digital camera and media player."

"Combining Infineon's leading edge modem technology with Samsung's wide portfolio of application processors, will make it much easier for customers to have success in the smartphone segment." says Klaus Hau, vice president and general manager of Wide Area Wireless at Infineon Technologies. "Our common system offering enables our customers to significantly reduce design cycle time."

The centerpiece of the application environment is Samsung's System-in-Package (SiP), integrating an ARM9-based application processor (Samsung's S3C2410), 256Mb NAND Flash and 256Mb SDRAM. The SiP's small package size (17x17mm and 1.4mm high) significantly reduces real estate and power.

Key elements of Infineon's small form factor modem solution are the highly integrated baseband controller E-GOLD+ V2, the RF transceiver SMARTi DC, the power management IC E-Power as well as a GSM/GPRS protocol stack.

The smartphone design uses Symbian OS with telephony software provided by TapRoot Systems including the GSM/GPRS Telephony Module (TSY). The development platform also offers multimedia features such as camera for still image and video capture, MPEG-4 video-on-demand (VOD), MP3 player and a JPEG image viewer. These applications were optimized for the S3C2410 by PacketVideo and the multimedia features are fully 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) compliant.

"This solution will help significantly to reduce time to market and project risk for Symbian licensees, who already account for 80% of the mobile market", said David Wood, Executive Vice President, Partnering of Symbian.

The first public demonstration will take place at the 3GSM World Congress Conference, held in Cannes, France, Feb. 18-21 where prototype board-level smart phones will make voice and data calls between Samsung's booth, Stand D57 Hall 2, and Infineon's booth, Stand A19/A20, Hall1.

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