Bangalore, India - 22 November, 2002 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced a partnership with Sasken Communication Technologies Limited, a leading telecommunications software solutions provider. Philips' NexperiaTM multimedia semiconductor baseband solution will be complemented by Sasken's software offering and engineering support to provide 2.5G and 3G module and terminal manufacturers with application-specific solutions. This partnership will speed up time-to-market for multimedia devices and will allow reduced R&D investment. In addition, they will enable handset manufacturers to serve a wide customer portfolio and introduce advanced applications including multimedia messaging services (MMS), audio and video streaming, MP3 and polyphonic melody generation.
Building on the mass-market success of textual forms of communication such as SMS (Short Message Service), the mobile phone market is evolving to accommodate more advanced methods of audio / visual communication. In this mobile convergence era, applications like MMS will enrich the mobile experience enabling consumers to send and receive rich messages comprising graphics, photographs and audio / video clips for business and leisure purposes.
"Our extensive product roadmap is focused on the development and market realization of emerging technologies," said Colin Aitken, Director and General Manager Europe at Sasken. "A partnership with a semiconductor company and wireless leader of Philips' caliber reflects this and reinforces our leading position in the protocol stack and multi-media field. Our combined expertise will create a complete cellular baseband solution enabling mobile phone designers to realize a range of advance features that fit with cellular subscribers needs for modern methods of communication."
"By partnering with Sasken, Philips has enlarged the scope of its cellular semiconductor portfolio to support a range of new customers with best-in-class platforms for 2.5G and 3G applications," said Armand Guerin, 2.5G/3G baseband marketing manager at Philips Semiconductors. "Our complete Nexperia multimedia baseband solution will be complemented by Sasken's wireless protocol stack, multimedia support and optimized resources offering manufacturers reduced time-to-market and an enhanced customer support network."
Sasken develops wireless protocol stacks, multimedia protocols such as H.324M and multimedia CoDecs, MMS client and multimedia players for next generation 2.5 & 3G mobile phones.. Sasken's software protocol stack with multimedia-capable software architecture will run on Philips' Nexperia multimedia baseband controller family (PCF5213), as well as customer's new generations of 2.5G and 3G ASICs.
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 32.3 billion in 2001. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 189,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. Further information is located at: www.semiconductors.philips.com.