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Orpat collaborates with NXP to launch mobiles in India

Posted: 03 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile phone  single-chip  ULC 

NXP Semiconductors collaborated with Orpat to enter the mobile phone segment in India. Orpat will use NXP's Nexperia Cellular System Solutions 5130 and 5211 to launch ultra-low-cost (ULC) and mobile multimedia handset models in India under the ORPAT brand, while being on track to evolve to the more advanced 49xx single-chip solution from NXP during the course of this year.

The phones, which are based entirely on NXP's Nexperia solutions, have been developed in close co-operation with NXP. Apart from the system solution, NXP provided Orpat with insight into the India handset market in terms of feature requirements and differentiators, the handset ecosystem and the partnerships necessary. The first batch of handsets has been a commercial success during the pilot phase in India.

"We believe these phones will provide the next experience in providing feature-rich and multimedia-enabled handsets at competitive price points to a largely untapped and high potential market - outside the mainstream market and in India's vast rural areas. In the initial phase of the roll out, we aim to garner a major share of the replacement market in the Indian mobile telephony space," said Orpat Limited director Mr. Nevil Patel.

According to industry reports, mobile users in India are expected to number 500 Million by 2010, of which rural India will account for around 35 percent. With its rural consumer insights, Orpat will leverage its established consumer brand, 'ORPAT' and harness its 50,000-strong retailer distribution network and service capabilities to roll out the newly launched phones.

Mr. Ashok Chandak, director, global sales, NXP Semiconductors said, "Orpat is a well known Indian household brand and Nexperia-based Ultra Low Cost (ULC) systems have the most extensively proven designs available globally, making the combination perfectly positioned to target rural and semi-urban Indian markets. The collaboration with Orpat is a clear example of our commitment to enable home-grown Indian brands to enter new market segments and facilitate locally branded solutions."

The Nexperia Cellular System solution 5130 supports a wide range of applications and connectivity while minimizing power consumption to deliver industry-leading standby and talk times targeting faster entry into the ULC market. The Nexperia Cellular System Solution 5211 based handsets will offer advanced and affordable multimedia capability to mobile handset users such as stereo recording from FM radio, MP3 and video playback, a mega-pixel digital camera interface, USB charging, connect-to-PC and Bluetooth stereo for a complete, vibrant multimedia offering.

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