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TTP and Microsoft Collaborate on Pre-integrated Smartphone Solution
Posted: 30-Apr-2003 [Source: TTP]

[TTPCom to integrate support for Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone and Pocket PC software platforms with their GSM/GPRS protocol stack technology and wireless modem designs. ]

TTP Communications plc, world leading independent supplier of digital wireless communications technology, today announced the signing of a collaborative agreement with Microsoft. Through the agreement TTPCom will integrate support for Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone and Pocket PC software platforms with TTPCom's GSM/GPRS protocol stack technology and wireless modem designs. TTPCom will also provide test and verification services for manufacturers, to ensure successful integration of Microsoft software with modem services.

Mobile phones built on the Microsoft Smartphone platform offer both voice and data communications integrated with personal information management software. Users can access information and services whilst on the move, including Web browsing, access to corporate e-mail and diary functions. TTPCom and Microsoft's collaborative work provides a very low risk, "out of the box" solution which allows both original equipment and original design manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs) who are developing the latest handsets, to reach market within a reduced timeframe. It is anticipated that manufacturers licensing the technology today, will be able to launch smartphones on the market before Christmas 2003.

"This collaboration with Microsoft strengthens TTPCom's strategy of enabling the development of open platforms for smart devices. Sales of smartphones are on the increase and many of our Asian customers are already in the process of developing these devices, by offering them a suite of flexible and reliable technology, we enable them to concentrate on product differentiation and still achieve a fast time to market," said Tony Milbourn, Managing Director at TTPCom. "Despite early promise, the convergence of wireless and data has not happened as quickly as expected. By bringing together the world leaders in the computing and wireless space, Microsoft and TTPCom are determined to make wireless data both accessible and user friendly".

"Empowering equipment manufacturers is a catalyst for the broad development of next-generation voice, data and multimedia-capable smart devices," said Andy Haon, director of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "TTPCom has fully integrated their protocol stack with the Smartphone platform, allowing handset manufacturers to rapidly take advantage of the rich software features inherent in the platform and also ensure a seamless data experience for end users".

"Our solution for Microsoft Smartphone is already well advanced, and we are currently able to demonstrate GSM, GPRS and the Microsoft Windows CE multiplexer working simultaneously in the lab," said Andy Halley, Open Platforms Product Manager at TTPCom. "What this means for a Smartphone user is that whilst he's receiving an email, he could for example, take an incoming voice call or text message, check his diary and add a task to his to do list, and then return seamlessly to his email. Given that smartphones have colour screens and additional functionality, we've also focused on extending the battery life. Finally, the extensive test and integration work that we have done ensures that the solution is robust and stable. This focus on a rewarding user experience is one of the things that will drive mass market acceptance of these new devices".

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