3G development deal

Infineon Technologies has signed an agreement with Motorola to develop a new multi-mode, single-chip 3G radio frequency (RF) transceiver based on Infineon’s SMARTi UE chip.

Terms of the development agreement were not disclosed.

According to Infineon, the RF transceiver is a core component in a mobile phone or other mobile cellular device; its primary function is to send and receive digital data over the air. As consumers continue to demand more multimedia functionality from their mobile devices, the RF plays a key role in delivering the data speed and signalling needed to support mobile content and services.

Motorola selected Infineon to develop the new RF chip which will address this growing market for 3G services by offering maximum HSDPA and HSUPA performance, efficient power consumption and slim design.

‘We are pleased to enter into this strategic relationship with Motorola to create an advanced 3G RF solution based on our leading SMARTi UE chip. The new chip will effectively reduce size and footprint for next generation 3G devices and offer best in class radio performance at market leading system cost,’ commented Stefan Wolff, Vice President and General Manager of Infineon’s RF Engine Business Unit.

‘Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)-based technologies will be dominant for the early forecast period, accounting for just under 70 per cent of all production in 2006. However, the market is rapidly switching over to 3G-based technologies of various types’, explained Alan Brown, Research Director at Gartner. ‘The main 3G variant is WCDMA (including HSPA and LTE), and this will be produced in high volumes worldwide in 2010, representing 56 per cent of total production.’