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PHY IC targets ULC mobile comms

Posted: 13 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cellular communications  2G  PHY IC  GSM 

Cambridge Consultants Ltd, an electronics design consultancy firm, has announced Centaur, a PHY IC for GSM/GPRS/Edge/E-Edge cellular communications, and a reference design incorporating this IC.

The reference design enables the development of cellular and femtocell base stations with 2G and 2.75G capability, and is intended for the ultra low-cost, mass-market and integration requirements of the developing world, according to the company. It includes a complete framework model with code implemented on the picoArray base band from picoChip.

By the end of 2008, there were 36.5 crore (365 million) GSM subscriptions in Africa, 10 crore (100 million) of which had joined during that year, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GMSA). India saw 47.5 per cent growth in GSM subscriptions in 2008, rising by an average of 68.3 lakh (6.83 million) subscriptions each month, from 17 crore (170 million) to over 25 crore (250 million).

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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