Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Trolltech and Emuzed to Introduce World`s First Linux UMTS/EDGE Dual-Mode Smartphone Reference Design

Feb 11, 2005 | Technology Media

Joint news release by Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Emuzed and Trolltech

Munich, Germany / Seoul, Korea – February 11, 2005 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX), Samsung Electronics, Trolltech and Emuzed today announced the world’s first UMTS/EDGE smartphone reference design based on the Linux operating system. The reference platform showcases many advanced 3G and multimedia services such as UMTS/EDGE dual-mode voice calls, video calls and video streaming, high performance multimedia applications (H.264, MPEG-4, AAC+, MP3), ultra-fast Web browsing, stereo loudspeaker with 3D audio and Java-based 3D gaming.

A UMTS/EDGE smartphone featuring the Linux operating system will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress (14-17 February, 2005, in Cannes, France) at Infineon’s booth A19 in Hall 1 and at Samsung Electronics’ booth D57 in Hall 2.

The hardware platform includes Samsung Electronics’ S3C24A0 application processor and camera module, and Infineon’s MP-U UMTS/EDGE modem platform. It is engineered for small form-factor designs and comes complete in a compact slider case.

“According to ZelosGroup report, Linux will secure a significant share of the feature and smartphone segment market in the next design cycle, especially due to its openness and low costs advantages,” said Professor Dr. Hermann Eul, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Communication business group at Infineon Technologies. “This complete solution will allow customers to enter the world of Linux-based UMTS/EDGE smartphone in record time and benefit from Infineon's recognized experience and expertise in the area of dual-mode modem and system integration.”

“This platform illustrates Samsung Electronics’ outstanding capabilities in the mobile application processor and imaging areas,” said Christopher D. Chang, Vice President at Samsung Electronics’ Semiconductor Business, System LSI division. “It also demonstrates Samsung Electronics’ leadership in providing a Linux solution for its line of mobile application processors targeting the smartphone market.”

The software platform is a pre-integrated solution consisting of Infineon’s proven UMTS/EDGE dual-mode protocol stack, Samsung Electronics’ optimized Linux kernel and drivers certified by Montavista, Trolltech’s Qtopia® software platform for Linux-based mobile phones and Emuzed’s audio and video applications. Compelling new Java applications will be showcased on Sun’s high-performance Java implementation. ARM and Superscape’s Swerve 3D rendering engine, Opera’s browser and QSound Labs’ 3D audio and ringtone solutions are also included.

"Emuzed is excited to partner with Infineon, Samsung Electronics’, and Trolltech on this leading-edge 3G platform that is ideal for high performance multimedia applications," said Dr. Rajesh Srivathsa, CTO, Emuzed Inc. "The Emuzed’s integrated multimedia application (HipMedia) allows for a rich end user experience for recording, playing back and sharing home movies, photo albums and music in an intuitive easy to use manner," added Markus Kaarto, Director of Technology.

UMTS/EDGE and Linux Deliver Advanced Solution for Smartphone Innovation

The smartphone reference design is designed for handset manufacturers who want to quickly reach a leading position in the growing UMTS/EDGE smartphone market with a Linux-based device. Designed to support UMTS and EDGE cellular standards, the platform enables users to have vast mobile network coverage and benefit from advanced multimedia features delivered at high data rates.

The Open Source Linux Operating System is rapidly becoming a leading software platform for smartphones. Providing a common platform with a huge developer community, Linux offers vendors far greater independence as well as control over branding and the user interface, thereby driving innovation. The platform makes it easy for manufacturers to take advantage of benefits that Linux brings in term of cost efficiencies, flexibility, and functionality.

“The Linux operating system gives manufacturers independence and control, and it’s clearly becoming a standard platform for smartphone design,” said Haavard Nord, Trolltech CEO. “Trolltech’s Qtopia software is the face of Linux on mobile phones, offering a sophisticated, customizable application environment and user interface. Trolltech is pleased to collaborate with this group of industry leaders to combine many powerful technologies into an integrated, cutting-edge solution for 3G smartphones.”

About Infineon Technologies

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multi-market sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

About Emuzed

Emuzed provides advanced, standards based multimedia products and technologies for Mobile and Consumer Electronics markets. Emuzed solutions are shipping on devices from several top tier mobile and CE OEMs around the world. These solutions enable high quality audio, video, speech and image applications on a variety of hardware and software platforms. Emuzed was founded in 1999 by a team of MPEG industry pioneers and experts. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and has R&D facilities in Bangalore, India. For more information, please call +1 (510) 252-9637 or visit www.emuzed.com.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com

About Trolltech

Trolltech provides leading software for cross-platform application development on the desktop and for embedded Linux environments. The company’s flagship products are Qt, a cross-platform software development framework for the desktop; and Qtopia, a customizable application platform and user interface for Linux-based consumer devices. Trolltech software is the foundation for thousands of leading products worldwide, many from Global 2000 companies. Trolltech is a second-generation open source company, with dual licensing that supports open source values and methodology in a profitable, sustainable business. For more information about Trolltech, please go to http://www.trolltech.com.

Press contact Emuzed

Trevor Strudley
Phone: +1 831 419 4624
trevor@emuzed.com

Press contact Samsung Electronics

Headquarters
Yujeong, Shin
Phone: +82 31 209 9298
yujeong.shin@samsung.com

Europe
Ariane Heim
Phone: +49 6196 66 3541
arheim@sseg.de

USA
Lisa Warren Plungy
Phone: +1 408 544 5377
lwarrenplungy@ssi.samsung.com

Press contact Trolltech

Tonje Sund
Phone: +47 2160 4878
press@trolltech.com

Information Number

INFCOM200502.036

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    The UMTS/EDGE smartphone reference design of Infineon, Samsung Electronics, Trolltech and Emuzed is the world`s first based on the Linux operating system. It features many advanced 3G and multimedia services, such as UMTS/EDGE dual-mode voice calls, video calls and video streaming, high performance multimedia applications (H.264, MPEG-4, AAC+, MP3), and ultra-fast Web browsing.
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    The UMTS/EDGE smartphone reference design of Infineon, Samsung Electronics, Trolltech and Emuzed is the world`s first based on the Linux operating system. It features many advanced 3G and multimedia services, such as UMTS/EDGE dual-mode voice calls, video calls and video streaming, high performance multimedia applications (H.264, MPEG-4, AAC+, MP3), and ultra-fast Web browsing.
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