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QUALCOMM Announces Sampling of the MSM6250 Solution for WCDMA (UMTS)
Posted: 06-Aug-2003 [Source: Qualcomm]

[Qualcomm's third WCDMA chipset includes all the advanced multimedia capabilities of its LaunchpadTM suite, gpsOne functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and the USB ON-The-Go host controller.]

San Diego, Calif. -- QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced sampling to customers of the MSM6250(TM) Mobile Station Modem (MSM(TM)) chipset and system software supporting GSM, GPRS and the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mode of WCDMA (UMTS). The MSM6250 chipset represents QUALCOMM's third WCDMA (UMTS) chipset, a single-chip solution that includes all the advanced multimedia capabilities of the Launchpad(TM) suite of applications on QUALCOMM's proven modem platform, reducing manufacturer's development cycle and promoting faster time-to-market. The MSM6250 chipset includes the highly accurate and fully integrated global positioning system (GPS) solution, gpsOne(TM), the first GPS solution for the WCDMA (UMTS) market. Additionally, the MSM6250 system solution supports quad-band GSM and dual-band WCDMA (UMTS), which will help enable worldwide WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM roaming.

"Based on our proven leadership in testing our modem and applications, we are receiving strong support from operators and manufacturers worldwide for our WCDMA (UMTS) solutions. We are pleased to provide samples of the MSM6250 chipset to our customers to drive the global adoption of WCDMA (UMTS)," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "With the integration of multimedia and modem capabilities into the MSM6250 chipset, consumers will soon experience cost-effective 3G devices based on this solution that provide a great variety of feature-rich applications."

The MSM6250 chipset builds upon QUALCOMM's previous WCDMA (UMTS) solutions and includes the fully integrated multimedia features of the Launchpad suite of applications. This single-chip solution eliminates the need for an external applications processor and associated memory, significantly reducing bill-of-material costs, board size and power consumption. The MSM6250 solution supports the advanced feature set of QUALCOMM's Launchpad suite of technologies -- including MPEG-4 video encoding/decoding, JPEG encoding/decoding, MP3/AAC audio decoding, a 2D/3D graphics accelerator for advanced gaming applications, a MIDI synthesizer and a digital camera interface that supports up to 2-megapixel resolution. The MSM6250 solution also integrates gpsOne functionality, featuring SnapTrack(r) enhancements, to support assisted and standalone GPS -- enabling a wide variety of location-based services and applications such as points of interest, personal navigation and friend finder. Also integrated into this solution are Bluetooth(r) wireless connectivity and USB On-The-Go (OTG) host controller to communicate directly with printers, digital cameras, keyboards and other accessories.

The MSM6250 chipset solution helps enable worldwide roaming for WCDMA (UMTS) terminals. The MSM6250 system solution consists of the MSM6250 baseband processor, the direct conversion RFL6200(TM) and RFR6200(TM) receive devices, the direct conversion RTR6250(TM) GSM transceiver and WCDMA (UMTS) transmit device, the powerOne(TM) series PM6550(TM) power management device and a complete WCDMA(UMTS)/GSM/GPRS protocol stack. The MSM6250 system solution supports dual-mode, quad-band GSM transceiver operations [GSM 850, GSM 900, Digital Cellular System (DCS) 1800, and GSM 1900] and WCDMA (UMTS) transmit operations for 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz. Now, with minimal board design modifications, operators can offer a single device that can roam anywhere in the world.

As with all members of the MSM6xxx family of chipset solutions, the MSM6250 solution features QUALCOMM's radioOne(TM) Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for Intermediate Frequency (IF) components. With radioOne technology, the MSM6250 chipset requires less printed-circuit-board area than previous generations and reduces time-to-market development and bill-of-material costs.

The MSM6250 solution includes QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW(TM)) platform. With the BREW protocols and tools, handset manufacturers and developers can develop embedded wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily.

The MSM6250 chipset is also compatible with the Java(TM) runtime environment; the J2ME(TM) solution can be built entirely on the MSM6250 chipset's BREW software layer.

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