Jointly developed Technology to Improve Performance of Current Generation GSM/GPRS Handsets
13 February 2003 - TTPCom Ltd (LSE:TTC) announced a significant milestone today in its work with Intel Corporation for the development of GSM/GPRS processors, with the launch of the Intel® PXA800F cellular processor. Intel has incorporated key TTPCom GSM/GPRS technology, allowing the company to build its position in the competitive wireless market by quickly broadening its portfolio of wireless products. The two companies have been working closely for over 2 years to develop the hardware and validate the system technology.
The Intel PXA800F cellular processor is an integrated communications and applications processor that is the first product to fully integrate the GSM/GPRS baseband solution with a high performance Intel® XScale technology-based processor and Intel® OnChip Flash memory. The Intel PXA800F cellular processor offers mobile device manufacturers a true alternative to established silicon platforms in the wireless sector and is fully compatible with TTPCom's industry-standard GSM/GPRS protocol software, used by over 40 mobile device manufacturers worldwide. The combination of Intel hardware with TTPCom software provides a solid platform for the development of low power, cost-effective wireless devices capable of running rich data applications. In particular the Intel PXA800F cellular processor will support the increasingly sophisticated functionality, such as high-end JavaÔ capability, multimedia messaging service, digital cameras and dual colour displays, which are becoming standard features in mainstream handsets.
Tony Milbourn, Managing Director at TTPCom, stated "I am thrilled to see the launch of Intel's new cellular processor based on TTPCom's GSM/GPRS technology. The Intel solution offers a level of processing power which will allow the provision of exciting new services and applications, and will take current handsets to a new level". He continued, "the GPRS technology around which the processor is built is a class 12, quad-band platform, which will enable users to take full advantage of available GPRS networks no matter where they are in the world".
Hans Geyer Intel vice president and general manager of Intel's PCA Components Group said, "TTPCom is a respected supplier to the mobile communications industry and its protocol software has been licensed by leading handset manufacturers worldwide. We're seeing an increase in the range and complexity of mainstream mobile devices and together, Intel and TTPCom are well placed to deliver the state of the art technology, and the time to market advantage that manufacturers need to compete effectively in this challenging environment".
A demonstration of the Intel platform running TTPCom's Wireless Graphics Engine will be shown on TTPCom's stand A3, Hall 1 at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.
Note to editors - TTPCom technology
The TTPCom technology supplied to Intel comprised the following:
- System and circuit designs for the advanced GSM/GPRS baseband processor, supplied as VHDL source code
- physical layer software, controlling the hardware functions of the terminal.
The Intel PXA800F cellular processor is fully compatible with TTPCom's higher level GSM/GPRS protocol software and application suites and when combined these form a complete solution for manufacturers to develop low power consumption, cost effective GSM/GPRS mobile devices.
TTPCom's GSM/GPRS protocol software is a stable platform which has received type approval in over 100 products used on over 70 networks worldwide. The platform is compatible with emerging operating systems, thereby facilitating the development of sophisticated smart phones. In the applications space, TTPCom's Ajar platform, launched on January 22nd, enables the fast development of customised mobile phones through downloadable applications and services and the creation of branded user interfaces.