Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a chipset that will power wireless devices based on Microsoft's Stinger smart phone technology.
TI's digital signal processor-based GSM chipset technology will support GSM and GPRS (general packet radio service) mobile networks. Products using the chipset will support broadband wireless applications such as secure ecommerce, web access and corporate email.
Ben Waldman, vice-president of Microsoft's mobile devices division, said devices based on Stinger would combine the best features of personal digital assistants with mobile phones, to integrate voice functions and personal information management. Stinger devices are expected in the market next year.
"Our combined efforts will result in a new generation of Microsoft Stinger-based smart phones with the end-to-end connectivity required to deliver communication, corporate access, entertainment and ecommerce services for the mobile user," he said.
As mobile networks advance from GPRS to third generation, the TI platform will be compatible with its forthcoming Open Multimedia Applications Platform (Omap) for the development of advanced functions such as digital audio, ecommerce and real-time video streaming on wireless handsets.
Gilles Delfassy, vice-president of TI's wireless business unit, said: "The next-generation smart phones will harness new broadband wireless capabilities to enable a wealth of communications-centric, real-time multimedia applications."
The chipset is scheduled for volume production in the second half of next year.
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