AMOISONIC DESIGNS GPRS PHONE W/ AGERE'S WIRELESS PLATFORM.Amoisonic has chosen Agere Systems' new wireless platform reference design to develop advanced data and multimedia General Packet Radio Service (GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) The first high-speed digital data service provided by cellular carriers that used the GSM technology. GPRS added a packet-switched channel to GSM, which uses dedicated, circuit-switched channels for voice conversations. ) mobile phones. Agere's platform is a complete hardware and software solution that offers reduced size, cost and power consumption, providing significant flexibility in phone design and fast time-to-market.
Amoisonic has selected this platform as the foundation for a new generation of data-enhanced GPRS phones targeting the China market. In addition, Amoisonic is introducing mobile phones in China that use field-proven Agere GPRS solutions. Based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications standard, GPRS-enabled phones offer features most in demand by consumers, including high-resolution color displays, multimedia messaging service See MMS. (MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) An enhanced transmission service that enables graphics, video clips and sound files to be transmitted via cellphones. Developed as part of the 3GPP project, MMS phones are generally backward compatible with SMS and EMS. ), digital photo imaging, high-speed web browsing, polyphonic sound, and Java-based games.
"Amoisonic is serving the growing China market with mobile handsets that offer the latest multimedia technology available, and through Agere's platform, we will continue to develop high-performance, fully featured phones that push the boundaries of wireless data applications," said Li Xiaozhong, president of Amoisonic.
Amoisonic has also introduced its new line of color-screen mobile phones, including the A9, A90, F9 and F99 models, which incorporate Agere's GSM/GPRS chip sets. These tri-band Class 8 handsets can receive data at up to 50 kilobits per second (unit) kilobits per second - (kbps, kb/s) A unit of data rate where 1 kb/s = 1000 bits per second. This contrasts with units of storage where 1 Kb = 1024 bits (note upper case K). , and offer phone enhancements such as dual LCD displays, data/fax capability, and wireless application protocol service, depending on model.
For its next-generation designs, Amoisonic will use Agere's new Sceptre PF7 wireless platform. This reference design delivers a complete board-level solution -- integrating Agere's Sceptre LF chipset (digital baseband, mixed signal and power management chips) with the radio, memory and associated components -- in one-third less space than Agere's previous generation GPRS platform. This hardware, along with Agere's broad range of software capabilities, protocol stack and development tools, comprise the heart of data-capable mobile phones and offer reduced size, power consumption and bill of materials The list of components that make up a system. For example, a bill of materials for a house would include the cement block, lumber, shingles, doors, windows, plumbing, electric, heating and so on. . Handset manufacturers can take this reference design and develop a portfolio of products that provide their own customized look and feel to meet the growing demands for new features from operators and consumers.
"Agere's Sceptre PF7 is a complete mobile handset package that efficiently integrates chips and software, allowing wireless handset manufacturers to focus on differentiating their products through advanced features and industrial designs," said Luc Seraphin, vice president of Agere's Mobile Terminals division. "Agere and Amoisonic are developing mobile phones that bring together compact, high-performance GPRS platforms with the latest phone designs and functionality, delivering new levels of data services to wireless users."
The Sceptre PF7 platform offers a comprehensive software solution including:
-- Multimedia messaging service. Agere's platform supports MMS services, enabling mobile phones to send and receive messages with text, sounds and images. MMS is a presentation layer that leverages past developments made in areas like short messaging service (SMS) and enhanced messaging service Abbreviated as EMS, an application-level extension to Short Message Service (SMS) for cellular phones available on GSM, TDMA and CDMA networks.
An EMS enabled mobile phone can send and receive messages that have special text formatting (such as bold or italic), animations, (EMS) and allows standardized access to messages.
-- Packet broadcast control channel (PBCCH PBCCH Packet Broadcast Control Channel ) functionality. PBCCH allows for better sharing of GSM and GPRS services for a network operator. With PBCCH, operators are not forced to use GSM channels to set up GPRS data calls, which inherently blocks other GSM calls in a cell, leading to a loss of potential voice revenue.
-- Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) service. The Sceptre PF7 platform supports the latest WAP version 2.0, giving wireless handsets access to information and interactive services using existing Internet technologies and protocols such as TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. or HTTP HTTP
in full HyperText Transfer Protocol
Standard application-level protocol used for exchanging files on the World Wide Web. HTTP runs on top of the TCP/IP protocol. . Content formats like XHTML (EXtensible HTML) A markup language for Web pages from the W3C. XHTML combines HTML and XML into a single format (HTML 4.0 and XML 1.0). Like XML, XHTML can be extended with proprietary tags. Also like XML, XHTML must be coded more rigorously than HTML. , CHTML (Compact HTML) A subset of HTML for cellphones and PDAs. Developed by NTT Docomo for its i-Mode wireless system in Japan, cHTML is designed for the limited screen displays and functionality of handheld devices. or WML as well as pictures in JPEG JPEG
in full Joint Photographic Experts Group
Standard computer file format for storing graphic images in a compressed form for general use. JPEG images are compressed using a mathematical algorithm. or GIF GIF
in full Graphics Interchange Format
Standard computer file format for graphic images. GIF files use data compression to reduce the file size. The original version of the format was developed by CompuServe in 1987. format provide a rich, colorful user experience.
-- Man-machine interface (MMI (Man Machine Interface) See HMI.
1. MMI - Man-Machine Interface.
2. (company) MMI - The company which developed the first Programmable Array Logic devices. MMI was bought by AMD. ) support. Agere offers extensive upper-layer software support and interfacing tools that allow mobile phone makers to easily create the "look and feel" aspects of a phone in its design stage.
Agere's solution is specifically designed to deliver Class 10 GPRS mobile service -- the highest performance category currently supported by service providers, offering improved speed and network efficiency. Class 10 phones can manage a greater number of network timeslots, enabling data transfer speeds of up to 53.6 kilobits-per-second (Kbits/sec) in download and 26.8 Kbits/sec in upload. This capability can drive new data-intensive mobile phone features There are many mobile phone features found in today's mobile phones that offer users many more capabilities than only voice calls or text messaging. General features
Mobiles such as digital picture mail and e-commerce transactions. This platform is also equipped to support Class 12 service for future phone designs.
Agere is currently offering sample quantities of its Sceptre PF7 platform to customers.
Agere Systems is a provider of advanced integrated circuit solutions for wireless data, high-density storage and multiservice networking applications. Agere's wireless data portfolio enables seamless network access and Internet connectivity through industry-leading WiFi/802.11 solutions for wireless LANs and computing applications, as well as its GPRS offering for data- capable cellular phones. The company also provides custom and standard multi-service networking solutions, such as broadband Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH components and wireless infrastructure chips, to move information across metro, access and enterprise networks. Agere is a provider of integrated circuits such as read- channel chips, preamplifiers and system-on-a-chip solutions for high-density storage applications. Agere's customers include the leading PC manufacturers, wireless terminal providers, network equipment suppliers and hard-disk drive providers.
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