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Motorola-TI expand 3G, WiMAX, OMAP techs

Posted: 01 Feb 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Motorola  Texas Instruments  WiMAX  3G  cell phone 

Motorola Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) are expanding their partnership to include 3G, WiMAX and OMAP technologies in the design and development of experience-optimised mobile products.

Under their alliance, Motorola is developing 3G handsets based on a TI customised 3G solution that will include processors from the company's OMAP 3 architecture, as well as 3G and 3.5G building blocks from both manufacturers. Handsets using this solution will be available to consumers in 2008.

TI is supporting Motorola's mobile WiMAX initiative, including the development of a customised Motorola WiMAX solution and providing digital design elements, analogue components, RF solutions, and manufacturing process and fabrication expertise. The solution will focus on core 802.16e mobile WiMAX functionality that supports voice, video and data for low-power mobile apps. The solution will be manufactured in 65nm and will be used to support the production of new mobile devices that Motorola will launch in 2008.

Reflecting on its partnership with TI, Ron Garriques, executive VP of Motorola and president of Motorola's mobile devices business said, "I am excited about the opportunities that we are pursuing together. Both of our companies are proven pioneers of innovation. Through our close collaboration on chipset technology, Motorola has developed mobile devices that are not only feature rich and affordable but also aspirational."

To meet the growing need for affordable multi-media-rich handsets, Motorola has also selected TI's OMAP solutions, including the OMAPV1035 GSM/GPRS/EDGE single-chip solution from the eCosto platform and the OMAPV1030 GSM/GPRS/EDGE chipset. Motorola will use OMAPV1035, which leverages TI's DRP technology, for low-cost multi-media mobile devices that will hit stores in 2008. Motorola also plans to use OMAPV1030 in mid-range multi-media mobile devices slated to hit the market later this year.

Rich Templeton, president and CEO of TI noted, "TI is delighted to expand its strong relationship with Motorola as we work closely with them to deliver the products and solutions they need. From 2.5G to 3G to the next generation of wireless standards such as WiMAX, Motorola's diverse market requirements fit well with the depth and strength of TI's proven product portfolio."

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