Compal Communication to Offer Handsets and Smartphones Using Motorola's i.250 GSM/GPRS Platform
AUSTIN, Texas – September 16, 2002 – Compal Communication will develop advanced handsets, which deliver high-speed mobile data services to consumers and mobile professionals, using Motorola Inc.'s (NYSE:MOT) i.250 Innovative Convergence platform for state-of-the-art 2.5G cellular handsets and smartphones.
A leading Taiwan designer and manufacturer of GSM/GPRS handsets, Compal plans to expand its market position by leveraging the time-to-market and cost advantages offered by Motorola's i.250 wireless. The i.250 total system solution provides Compal with the full breadth of silicon-to-software components needed to quickly develop low-cost, high-quality handsets and smartphones, including an integrated chipset, comprehensive reference design, field-proven GSM/GPRS software, and development tools, as well as tests and services. This complete system approach allows Compal to focus its resources on product differentiation and customizing handset features to fulfill its customer's requirements.
"Our customers demand continuous product enhancements and want the highest quality GPRS/GSM handsets," said Henry Lee, senior vice president of Compal Communication. "We needed a scalable platform for designing and developing handsets and smartphones. Motorola was a natural choice because of its unparalleled wireless and semiconductor experience. The i.250 gives us the industry's most complete platform, as well as the flexibility to meet voice, voice/data and multimedia functionality."
The i.250 platform enables companies such as Compal to reduce development time by up to a year and reduce systems costs through a lower component count. These are the primary reasons for Compal's decision to use the i.250 platform.
"Motorola is changing the rules in the cellular market by offering one-stop shopping so that OEM/ODM customers like Compal can focus on adding value for its customers through product feature innovation and differentiated designs," said Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless and Broadband Systems Group. "With the strategies we have in place, we expect to expand our leading position in the wireless industry. Today's announcement with Compal marks our sixth customer win and demonstrates that the i.250 Innovative Convergence platform is rapidly becoming the industry's standard for developing smaller, high-performing, cost-effective wireless communications products."
About Motorola's Innovative Convergence Solutions
Motorola offers a portfolio of Innovative Convergence platforms and products to help customers quickly address the converging mobile computing and wireless communications markets. The portfolio includes: the i.250 and i.300 wireless platforms; the DragonBall family of applications processors to drive multimedia applications; industry-leading J2ME reference implementation that provides wireless device designers with the most up-to-date software for quick integration of Java-based applications; image capture technology to enable imaging and real-time video; and Bluetooth solutions engineered to deliver high-quality Bluetooth-enabled applications.
Specifically, the i.250 Innovative Convergence platform is designed to simplify and expedite the GSM/GPRS handset development and manufacturing process by organizing the tools and pieces of the solution into three major development environments. It includes:
- Integrated Development Environment (IDE) – features a comprehensive hardware and software environment, integrating the advanced GSM/GPRS chipset, handset reference design, GSM software engine with field-proven GPRS and user interface toolkit and an application development system.
- Radio Test Environment (RTE) – includes tools for configuring features, testing and fine-tuning radio performance.
- Manufacturing Test Environment (MTE) – provides software and manufacturing adaptation tools and services to enable a customer to decrease manufacturing set-up time by quickly ramping up a production line.
As the world's # 1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNA™ system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $4.9 billion (USD) in 2001. http://www.motorola.com/semiconductors
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion. http://www.motorola.com/
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