Ultra-High-Tech for Ultra Low-Cost Handsets Available: Infineon Introduces Chip Platform for Sub-$20 Mobile Handsets in Production
With Infineons 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 todays typical rechargeable mobile phone batteries would have a standby time of more than ten days and talk-time of more than four hours.
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 in 2010.
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 worlds 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.
With Infineon's ULC mobile phone platform the number of electronic components needed in a GSM mobile phone with SMS functionality is reduced to below 100, from around 150 to approximately 200 today.ULC old platform (English)
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