Looking to give OEMs a quick and inexpensive entry into the wireless-handset business, Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group is shipping its latest reference design kit for use in developing products based on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) cellular standard.
The new kit provides the necessary components and software to build a business-card-size GSM handset operating at 900, 1,800, or 1,900 MHz.
"What we're announcing is a product line geared for Asian companies that want to develop their own GSM phones,'' said Aaron Fisher, vice president of wireless products for Lucent's Microelectronics Group, Allentown, Pa.
More specifically, Lucent is aiming its GSM platform at China and Taiwan, where several OEMs are looking to enter the wireless-handset business and establish a brand name in it, Fisher said.
Recently, Lucent licensed its previous-generation GSM design kit to GVC Corp., Taiwan's largest modem maker, which is developing a family of GSM handsets. Taipei-based GVC will also use Lucent's new design kit to develop wireless products, Fisher said.
The new kit consists of Lucent's Sceptre GSM hardware and dual-band software. The hardware includes the SC1688 chip, which combines the functions of Lucent's DSP1628 digital signal processor and its CSP1089 conversion-signal processor; a CPP48101 controller; and RF devices. The kit has obtained Full Type Approval (FTA), which is required by European telecommunications and regulatory concerns.
The new reference design kit is now available to OEMs. Pricing was not disclosed.