CANNES, France, Feb. 19, 2002 — Wireless equipment manufacturers can now quickly deliver high-quality 2.5G smart phone devices with the help of a complete reference package combining Microsoft® Windows®
Powered Smartphone 2002 software running on high-performance, low-power OMAP( processors and GPRS technology from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN). The smart phone solution pushes platform integration to a new level and offers users voice, data and multimedia capabilities such as mobile access to e-mail and personal information, robust Web-browsing capabilities, audio and video playback and streaming, and rich gaming. Microsoft Corp. and Texas Instruments announced their combined package at the 3GSM World Congress 2002 in Cannes.
“Utilizing Microsoft and TI’s leading-edge technologies, the new smart phone reference design will make the transition from 2.5G product concept to production fast and simple for handset manufacturers,” said Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. “This advanced reference design showcases the strengths of Smartphone 2002 and the performance of TI’s complete wireless silicon and software solutions by making them available in a powerful, ready-to-manufacture platform that enables small, lightweight smart phones of approximately 110 cubic centimeters and 100 grams.”
Smartphone 2002 software will deliver the applications and functionality users expect in next-generation wireless solutions. When coupled with Microsoft back-end servers and services, the Smartphone 2002 software will be a premier platform that provides network operators and corporate customers with the power of mobile services and Internet access in a small, lightweight mobile phone form factor.
From a hardware perspective, the Smartphone 2002 reference design is based on TI’s TCS2500 chipset and reference design. Released in December 2001, the TCS2500 chipset leverages TI’s more than 10 years’ experience in providing advanced wireless technology. The TCS2500 includes key 2.5G building blocks for fast product development: the single-chip OMAP710 DSP-based GSM/GPRS digital baseband engine with a dedicated applications processor, analog baseband and RF companion chips, as well as complete software solutions with protocol stacks.
Manufacturers also benefit from TI’s extensive wireless systems solutions and broad base of software developers who are creating new, innovative applications targeting TI’s OMAP processors and complete chipsets.
“Devices based on the new TI-powered Microsoft Smartphone 2002 designs will provide advanced data and voice functionality and new applications for wireless users,” said Rick Kornfeld, vice president and general manager for TI’s wireless chipset business. “Plus, the new smart phone reference solution is a proven, ready-to-manufacture reference design that gives manufacturers a simple, fast and direct approach for getting new products with enhanced data capabilities in their customers’ hands.”
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. The company’s businesses also include sensors and controls, and educational and productivity solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
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About Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002
The Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 software delivers a personal and powerful mobile phone giving customers the ability to communicate via voice and text and access to their most essential information any time, anywhere. Familiar and powerful software coupled with a small, sleek form factor including brilliant color displays sets Windows Powered Smartphones apart from other phones on the market. Smartphone 2002 provides a wealth of services, such as secure corporate data and Web access, e-mail, up-to-date PIM functionality, and multimedia capabilities on a high-quality mobile phone.
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