Infineon Technologies 3G Platform Selected by Vodafone
Munich, Germany – February 13, 2006 – Infineon Technologies AG, a leading supplier of communications products, announced today that Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile community, will evaluate the company’s UMTS dual mode platform. The first 3G mobile phones based on Infineon’s MP-EU UMTS multimedia platform will be available in mid-2006.
The MP-EU is the industry’s most integrated dual mode platform supporting UMTS, EDGE and GSM/GPRS cellular standards. The platform’s innovative scalability concept allows mobile phone manufacturers to address the entire range of 2G and 3G dual mode phones based on one core platform. This scalability advantage allows mobile phone manufacturers to quickly deliver a variety of cost effective UMTS phone models, while network operators can significantly reduce the verification and inter working testing that normally consumes significant effort.
“Infineon ranks among the leading suppliers of mobile platforms and we are happy to announce that in addition to our 2.5G platforms Infineon’s UMTS dual mode platform is considered by Vodafone for inclusion into Vodafone’s portfolio” said Dominik Bilo, Vice President of Sales and Group Marketing at Infineon Technologies AG. “Infineon’s 3G program is committed to provide cost effective UMTS platforms which will be extended to HSDPA soon. All these activities will greatly benefit our customers by further reducing their efforts in developing mobile phones based on the MP-EU platform.”
Infineon’s MP-EU reference design platform
The MP-EU reference design platform includes state-of-the-art GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS chip hardware from the S-GOLD baseband processor family and CMOS single-chip radio frequency (RF) transceivers SMARTi PM for GPRS/EDGE and SMARTi 3G for UMTS. The baseband includes all hardware accelerators to enable UMTS applications, such as video telephony and video streaming, 3D gaming, data downloads, etc.
SMARTi 3G is world’s first CMOS single-chip RF transceiver supporting all six frequency bands for UMTS defined for Europe, Asia, North America and Japan.
Essential part of the platform is the fully validated and tested protocol stack for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/W-CDMA commercially available in the market since 2003. The platform includes media-rich applications that are pre-integrated into APOXI™, the Infineon application framework for mobile phones which allows for the cost-effective reuse of applications between 2G and 3G platforms. APOXI™ is already certified across the Vodafone markets in high volume phones based on Infineon platforms.
Additional information on Infineon’s MP-EU platform is available at http://www.infineon.com/mp-eu, an overview about Infineon’s mobile solutions at http://www.infineon.com/wireless.
Vodafone is the world's largest mobile community with more than 179 million proportionate customers, equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Networks in a further 31countries. For further information about Vodafone, visit: www.vodafone.com
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2005 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.76 billion with about 36,400 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.