Agere Systems has announced an agreement with Samsung to supply wireless data chipsets and software for use in Samsung’s new generation of advanced mobile phones.
With this supply agreement, valued at more than $150 million over 12 months, Samsung phones will incorporate Agere’s Global Packet Radio System (GPRS) solution.
GPRS cell phones are based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications standard, which is used in nearly 70 percent of the world’s cell phones. Called 2.5-generation (2.5G) technology, GPRS is a global technology that enables the widespread adoption of advanced mobile data services.
Samsung’s GPRS-enhanced phones are said to offer features such as high-speed Internet access, digital photo imaging, video downloading, high-resolution colour LCD displays, polyphonic sound, and Java-enabled video games.