Cambridge, UK, 17 October 2005 – TTP Communications plc. [LSE: TTC] today announces that its subsidiary TTPCom Limited (TTPCom) has signed an agreement with Texas Instruments (TI) to make TTPCom’s AJAR applications platform available on TI’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE digital baseband processors. As a result, the world’s leading handset manufacturers can create cellular handsets more rapidly, efficiently and cost effectively. The first results from this agreement will be platforms for low cost, high performance devices and multimedia feature phones.
As the cellular industry strives to sign up the next billion subscribers, a critical success factor will be to offer cost-effective handsets with features customised accurately and quickly for different market segments. Delivering these profitably requires flexible hardware and software configurations, from the processor to the protocol stack and the applications. AJAR has been designed from the outset to address this opportunity as it provides a powerful but low power framework without the additional hardware or costs required by mobile operating systems. As a result, handset manufacturers using AJAR can address low to high end handsets with a single investment in applications. This not only reduces development costs per handset but also substantially reduces their time to market. Integration is made easier as the technology is delivered as a pre-validated and tightly integrated package.
Tony Milbourn, managing director of TTPCom comments: “Delivering AJAR on TI’s platform represents a step change for the industry as it solves a real problem for handset manufacturers. Our applications platform on TI’s market-leading 2.5G solutions extends the choice and flexibility available to the industry. As a result, customers will be able to create ‘à la carte’ handsets based on the most appropriate combination of technologies for each model while maintaining a single investment in applications.”
Alain Mutricy, vice president and general manager of Cellular Systems at TI adds, “TI is pleased to work with TTPCom to speed the development of low cost, feature rich handsets. It has become increasingly important to provide an integrated, pre-tested and validated application suite on TI’s chipset platforms to reduce time to market for our customers. This agreement with TTPCom is one element of TI’s multi-pronged strategy to address this customer requirement. AJAR’s flexibility and robustness make it the right choice to support the carrier-grade market.”
About TTPCom AJAR
The TTPCom AJAR Platform combines a comprehensive applications framework, a toolset for the development and testing of applications and user interfaces and a complete suite of applications for today’s leading-edge phones. It enables a single applications investment for use across a range of low-end to high-end multimedia phones and provides portability across multiple 2G and 3G modems and multiple hardware architectures. The reduction in development costs and increase in productivity result in a reduced time-to-market whilst AJAR’s flexibility enables handset manufacturers to quickly and easily develop a greater selection of products with a higher level of differentiation. A number of TTPCom and third party applications are pre-integrated, including Java™, MMS, email, WAP2.0, digital camera support, embedded and downloadable games, polyphonic ringtone and music phone technology, scalable vector graphics, security and download, DRM, synchronisation, video telephony, FOTA updates, voice recognition and multimedia content.
About TTP Communications plc
Based in Cambridge, UK, TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC) is a holding company that controls three organisations involved in different areas of mobile communications technology:
TTPCom Limited (www.ttpcom.com), its primary operating subsidiary, develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals and its licensees include leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide.
ip.access –designs and manufactures GSM and GPRS infrastructure solutions that integrate with IP-based networks to provide cost-effective mobile radio coverage within buildings (http://www.ipaccess.com/).
7 layers UK. – a test and certification business for handset manufacturers (www.7layers.com). TTP Communications has 50% share.