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|Infineon Introduces Chip Platform for Sub-$20 Mobile Handsets in
Munich, Germany - Around 3.5 billion people now living in areas with mobile
phone coverage cannot afford their own mobile phone. But this could soon change. With a chip platform for ultra
low-cost handsets, Munich-based semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG has laid the foundation for
mass production of very low-cost mobile phones. The production costs for such mobile phones could be cut by nearly
one half in future, from the current figure of around US $35 to below US $20. These costs include the complete
mobile phone with its keypad, display and charging system, software for ensuring ease of use with the SMS and phone
functions, packaging and documentation. Infineon’s platform is ready to release to handset manufacturers as a
“reference platform” for new product designs, which means that ultra low-cost handsets could be planned for volume
production in the first half of 2006.
With Infineon’s new platform design, a mobile phone capable of basic voice
and SMS service needs below one hundred electronic components, in contrast to the 150 to approximately 200
components required in models produced today. This is made possible by a highly integrated chip of Infineon that
combines the processor and the send and receive electronics. The use of this single-chip means that numerous
capacitors, filters and resistors are not needed and that the entire electronics package is just one-third the size
of current designs, taking up just about 3 centimeters on 3 centimeters.
As a result, there is
enough room in a typical size handset casing for a number of standard rechargeable batteries - such as nickel metal
hydride (NiMH) AAA micro-cells. Infineon estimates that an ultra low-cost handset equipped with today’s typical
rechargeable mobile phone batteries would have a standby time of more than ten days and talk-time of more than four
Worldwide, there are currently about 1.8 billion mobile phone users. The demand for
low-cost and easy-to-operate mobile phones with SMS functionality is increasing. Many people want to enjoy the
benefits of mobile communications, but place little value on applications such as camera and video features, web
browser, music player and games.
The US market-research company “Strategy Analytics” expects that
more than 150 million ultra low-cost handsets, costing less than US $50 wholesale, will be sold throughout the world
Infineon aims to provide the mobile phone manufacturers with chips for individual
functions, and also with complete reference platforms for all types of mobile phone - ranging from ultra low-cost
phones to multi-functional multimedia ones. Infineon is one of the world’s leading suppliers of mobile phone
platforms. These are adapted by mobile phone manufacturers to their individual designs, and can therefore shorten
development times and reduce production costs.
Miércoles, 13 Julio, 2005 - 06:28