IPWireless gains momentum with handset makers


Simon Bond

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Chip and system developer IPWireless in Chippenham is gaining significant momentum for its IMB wireless multimedia technology through a co-development with ST-Ericsson on a pre-integrated and verified platform for 3G device makers.

“ST-Ericsson is one of the world’s leading providers of wireless platforms and chipsets,” said Dr. Bill Jones, Chief Executive Officer, IPWireless. “Their platforms combined with our key enabling IMB technology will enable our device vendor partners to shorten the time to market for IMB enabled handsets, boost worldwide IMB adoption, and enable operators to more efficiently use intelligent broadcast to address the looming capacity crunch driven by video and other multimedia applications.”

The collaboration brings together IPWireless’ IMB enabling technology with ST-Ericsson’s chipset platforms to enable handset vendors to integrate IMB into future mobile devices and for existing WCDMA USB dongle manufacturers to enhance their existing devices to allow them to quickly participate in the emerging global IMB market.

As a first step, IPWireless and ST-Ericsson are jointly developing a demonstration platform that device vendors can use to initiate IMB development. The demonstration platform will feature an IMB ASIC supplied by IPWireless and a 3G baseband radio platform from ST-Ericsson. Unlike other broadcast solutions, IMB completely integrates with WCDMA enabling device vendors to reuse existing radio frequency technology and antenna components for a lower overall bill of materials and greater scalability.

IPWireless expects to make the first IMB platform available to coincide with commercial IMB network launches planned for 2011.

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