Infineon and Konka Announce Successful Launch of the K5238 Dual-Band GSM Mobile Communication Products for the Chinese Market
The K5238 is the first of a series of mobile phones from Konka and Infineon, which will be developed based on the latest system solution for dual band GSM cellular phones from Infineon. The solution boasts one of the lowest component count at fewer than 200 for a complete phone. The K5238 was jointly developed by Konka Telecommunications and Infineon's subsidiaries Danish Wireless Design (DWD) and Comneon. It includes Comneons GSM protocol software and features Infineon's highly integrated chip solutions: the EGOLD+ single-chip baseband controller, SMARTi single-chip RF transceiver, and the E-POWER power management integrated circuit.
The successful launch paved the way for future cooperation between Infineon and Konka Telecommunications in the development of GPRS products and services for the Chinese market. Besides providing development and technical support, Infineon will provide Konka with platform upgrades and new reference designs that will enable Konka Telecommunications to develop products that are both feature rich and cost competitive for faster time-to-market.
Infineon has one of the best integrated chipset solutions in the industry. Their expertise will enable the mobile communication products that Konka develops to be highly integrated, miniaturised and feature-rich. This will translate to more competitive and sleeker Dual Band GSM/GPRS offerings from Konka, said Mr Huang Wei-gang, General manager of Konka Telecommunications and Vice President of Konka Group.
We are very pleased to co-operate with Konka. Having an industry leader such as Konka incorporate our high performance wireless technology into its product portfolio provides further proof of our position as a leading provider of powerful semiconductor and complete system solutions for mobile applications, said Ulrich Hamann, CEO of Wireless Solutions at Infineon Technologies.
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 2001 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.67 billion with about 33,800 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.
Konka Telecommunications Technology Co. LTD is the subsidiary of Konka Group, is the leading cellphone maker in China. Konka Telecommunications pays attention to own development of mobile phone, and gets very good market response for their products. Konka Group is mainly engaged in the production of housing electronic appliances and telecommunication products such as Colour TV and mobile phone. Konka Group is one of biggest industrial enterprises in China as well as the leading company in the colour TV sector of the country. In 2001, Konka achieved sales of RMB10 billion with over 10,000 staffs. Further information is available at www.konka.com.