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Infineon Samples New 3.5G Baseband Processor

Infineon Technologies today announced sample availability of its latest baseband processor for multimedia mobile phones of the so-called 3.5 generation as well as its second generation platform for ultra-low-cost handsets.

The 3.5G baseband processor S-GOLD3H provides data rates of up to 7.2 Megabit per second and, according to the press release, represents the world's first chip for the mid-range multimedia phone segment with such high data rates. The ultra-low-cost 2 mobile phone platform featuring the new EGOLDvoice chip may further reduce the number of components in a basic cell phone from currently 100 to less than 50. Both new semiconductor solutions represent innovative integrated circuits combining several functions in one chip.

The S-GOLD3H is the heart of Infineon's next generation mobile multimedia platform, which it calls the MP-EH, supporting HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) data rates of up to 7.2 megabits per second (Mbit/s). Other components of the MP-EH are a power management chip SM-Power3; a RF transceiver SMARTi 3GE; a six-band WCDMA and quad-band EDGE RF transceiver; a "Bluemoon UniCellular" chip for Bluetooth connectivity; an A-GPS (Assisted GPS) positioning single-chip "Hammerhead"; as well as a WLAN low power chip called "Wildcard LP". The S-GOLD3H supports GSM, EDGE, GPRS and WCDMA mobile phone networks. Innovative design by Infineon successfully integrated high quality video capabilities into the S-GOLD3H, which makes application processors or companion chips obsolete in most cases.

The E-GOLDvoice chip is the heart of Infineon's second platform generation for ultra-low-cost handsets, ULC2. The new chip includes the baseband processor, the radio frequency transceiver, SRAM memory, and even power management for the mobile telephone. The innovative concept includes all areas of costs of the complete telephone with all its electronic components, printed circuit board, connectors, casing with keypad and display, all software components, rechargeable batteries, charger, packaging, and operating manual. E-GOLDvoice shrinks the space required for the electronics in a mobile handset with basic functionality to 4cm².

Source: Infineon Technologies

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