Cambridge, UK, 01 November 2005 – TTP Communications plc [LSE:TTC] today announces that its subsidiary, TTPCom Ltd (‘TTPCom’) has entered into a partnership with Skyworks Solutions, Inc., a global leader in analogue, mixed signal and digital semiconductors for mobile communications applications. Skyworks has licensed TTPCom’s digital cellular silicon intellectual property (IP) and EDGE protocol software to develop its LynxTM EDGE cellular system solution product line, which delivers enhanced multimedia capabilities suitable for highly competitive mid to high tier handsets.
Delivering EDGE modem functionality on a handset platform is significantly more complex than implementing GSM/GPRS as stringent system performance requirements allow little margin for error. Platform designers must optimise all modem components to ensure a viable and competitive solution. The TTPCom Cellular Baseband Engine (CBE) family is delivered as a complete communications system that provides core components of the modem and represents a proven starting point from which to develop baseband chipsets that support EDGE.
Skyworks pioneered the concept of complete handset system solutions in 1996. Building upon its industry leading HeliosTM RF and PA technologies, Skyworks offers comprehensive system solutions that provide all of the major hardware and software necessary to build a complete wireless terminal. Skyworks delivers a pre-integrated protocol stack and advanced multimedia framework on a GCF-compliant reference design that minimises development cycles for handset manufacturers.
Faheem Hayat, senior director of Cellular Systems Engineering for Skyworks commented: "By integrating TTPCom's CBE modem technology and protocol software, we are able to bring cost, size and power efficiency benefits to our customers in the fastest time possible and with lower research and development costs. It has allowed Skyworks to develop a stable and high performance system that leverages the maturity of the proven TTPCom EDGE protocol stack."
"We are delighted that Skyworks, with its successful track record in delivering baseband solutions, has chosen our CBE modem technology as the basis for its new cellular platforms,” adds Julian Hildersley, managing director of TTPCom's Silicon Business Unit. “Skyworks' full system solution incorporating TTPCom’s CBE and proven protocol software, along with pre-integration of the AJAR applications framework from TTPCom, will reduce the cost and time to market that handset manufactures face when implementing high performance platforms."
This latest addition to the family of licensees of TTPCom's silicon and software IP increases choice in the industry, and reconfirms TTPCom's position as the leading independent supplier of technology for next generation digital cellular handsets.
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)