Infineon Technologies Announces Contract to Deliver Third Generation Cellular System Technology to Ericsson
The agreement between the two companies will accelerate the mass deployment of 3G broadband multimedia services in wireless systems. 3G cellular technology is the successor to the different second generations of cellular networks (GSM, TDMA, cdmaOne, etc.) to support one worldwide mobile network technology. Designed to support E1/T1/J1 transmission rates and higher, the IWORX IC (Integrated Circuit) solution will enable equipment vendors to combine voice and data services for next generation wireless access systems.
The definition of the functional requirements for the IWORX solution is based on Ericssons network system expertise and Infineons ATM technology know-how. Infineon will design and manufacture the IWORX solution as a non-exclusive application specific standard product (ASSP), making it also available to other OEMs. The IWORX device will be implemented in Ericssons network platform for multi-service 3G cellular nodes.
"We are excited to be working with Ericsson on cutting edge solutions for this fast-moving market," said Christian Scherp, VP in Infineon's Communications business group and general manager of its Wide Area Network (WAN) Business Unit "The IWORX device will support high-speed wireless access to the Internet, delivering 3G multimedia services to the subscriber.
First Product In 3G Wireless Platform
The IWORX device, a single-chip ATM controller that provides a gateway between ATM and time-slot based networks, supports AAL1 functionality for backward compatible operation with legacy 2G wireless networks as well as compressed voice over AAL2. Both functions are implemented in hardware to guarantee high performance in 3G networks. The device features IMA (Inverse Multiplexing over ATM) as well as all ATM Layer functions for stand alone capability. The IC will be using Infineons advanced embedded memory processes that enable system implementations with no additional external memory. First samples will be available in first quarter of calendar year 2001.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, 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 the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).
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