Research institute teams up with Cambridge 3G tech firm
16 December 2002 - 3G technology company, UbiNetics, has licensed its W-CDMA simulator and algorithm development tools to Taiwan's leading technology research institute. The deal is the latest development in UbiNetics' drive to become a major player in the Asian 3G market.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a Taiwanese non-profit organisation with responsibility for the country's technological development. ITRI first called upon UbiNetics' 3G technology expertise in 2001, when it licensed its 3G protocol software for use in Taiwanese-manufactured 3G handsets. The institute now plans to use UbiNetics' PL100 tools to accelerate the development of the W-CDMA physical layer.
"We are pleased to extend our relationship with ITRI," said David You,
vice-president of business development Asia at UbiNetics. "This endorsement from the Taiwanese government really underlines our position as the IP supplier of first-choice for 3G handsets and chipsets in Asia."
The PL100 tools and associated algorithms provide the blueprints for the core signal processing required to build a performance-compliant W-CDMA chipset. The ITRI engineering team will use them to develop a complete chipset implementation that meets the necessary performance requirements of 3GPP. The tools also allow the ITRI team to simulate the effects of different design trade-offs, to ensure that they have an efficient solution that meets all the necessary 3GPP performance requirements.
"UbiNetics' technology will act as a catalyst to the institute, accelerating Taiwan's technological development and enabling Taiwanese companies to play a significant role in the 3G market worldwide," said said Teddy Huang, deputy general director of the Computer & Communications Research Laboratories at ITRI.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a non-profit R&D organisation engaged in applied research and technical service. It was founded in 1973 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of the Republic of China to attend to the technological needs of Taiwan's industrial development. It has since grown to become both a technical centre for industry and an important arm of the Government's industrial policies. Today, ITRI is a 6,000-person operation organised under twelve research divisions serving a wide range of new and traditional industries.
UbiNetics is a next generation wireless communications technology company. It designs and develops innovative 3G, 2.5G and 2G products and solutions for wireless data and voice applications and is a leader in 3G test and measurement equipment.
The company's 3G Test Mobile has become the industry de-facto standard for WCDMA infrastructure testing. This, together with the portable TM200 Test Mobile and other test solutions, positions UbiNetics at the centre of 3G interoperability testing. UbiNetics also provides the industry's most robust protocol software and physical layer IP portfolio for 3G chipset and handset developers and manufacturers. The company has developed a unique range of creative products for UMTS and GPRS/GSM applications including customised embedded modules and development tools
The company was formed in January 1999 from PA Consulting Group's Wireless Telecommunications Practice. Since 1999, UbiNetics has grown to over 400 employees with activities in the UK (Cambridge and Swindon), the US, Japan, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan.