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Infineon develops solutions for CAT-iq standard

Posted: 19 Dec 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CAT-iq  DECT Forum  cordless technology  Infineon  Danube 

Infineon Technologies has introduced a new range of products that support the recently announced Cordless Advanced Technology or CAT-iq standard from the DECT Forum, a group that promotes next-generation Digital Cordless technology.

CAT-iq was defined to provide new product categories for residential gateways that enable fixed-mobile convergence through interoperability and seamless connectivity of communication services and devices. According to the DECT Forum, more than 20 crore DECT devices are on the market today and will nearly double by 2009.

The Infineon solutions portfolio for the new CAT-iq standard includes COSIC, a single-chip device for DECT and CAT-iq handsets and base stations. This solution is coupled with the Infineon advanced residential gateway reference design based on the Danube ADSL2+/VoIP IAD-on-a-chip. This combination features a variety of CAT-iq functionalities developed from broadband connectivity during its "first wave" through VoIP and wideband telephony to Internet radio over digital cordless handsets.

Fixed-mobile convergence
"Infineon congratulates the DECT Forum for releasing the new CAT-iq standard, which intends to promote better user experience and fixed-mobile convergence over the home network," said Thomas Pollakowski, VP and general manager of business unit connectivity at Infineon.

"Infineon is well poised to take a leading market position with our unique and comprehensive product offering. While other market players offer only stand-alone solutions either for the digital cordless or the residential gateway, Infineon is the only supplier to offer both."

With CAT-iq, DECT handset and home networking equipment manufacturers will be able to offer superior user-experience in next-generation devices. Better interoperability between terminals and gateways will enable users to browse the Internet, listen to online radio and make VoIP calls using their cordless handset and other CAT-iq devices.

Superb sound
Enhanced voice quality resulting from the utilisation of Wideband Telephony promises superb sound quality, whether a user is speaking on the phone or listening to online MP3 audio-clips. In addition, the Infineon CAT-iq ICs automatically adjust the power amplifier according to the link quality. The feature will reduce output power when the handset is close to the base and ultimately achieve better energy efficiency.

Infineon said it is currently the only semiconductor vendor with a highly integrated single-chip solution for DECT and CAT-iq handsets. For base stations, the company also said it is the only IC vendor to embed a CAT-iq-enabled DECT base station seamlessly with Danube, an integrated ADSL2+ SoC device, in an ADSL2+ reference design, including two VoIP channels, WLAN, 5-port Ethernet switch and USB2.0 Host interface.

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