Motorola Inc. said today it would offer its entire line of 2.5G and 3G chip lines and software technologies that the number two worldwide handset player had previously slated for its captive applications.
"Several companies have announced changes in the way they will participate in the cellular handset business, said Fred Shlapak, executive vice president and president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, Austin, Texas. "We see this as the beginning of a major discontinuity that parallels the PC industry in the early 1990s with the rise of the motherboard industry and major branded assemblers.
``Motorola intends to accelerate the evolution of the handset industry along this same path by removing the technological barriers to entry and allowing handset manufacturers to focus on brand loyalty, marketing, features and style."
Specifically, in addition to its latest-generation processor and DSP technologies, Motorola's handset IC offerings will include third-generation GPRS stack software and certified communication protocol software; RF/IF components based on silicon germanium, power management amplifiers, as well as its deep arsenal of System-on-Chip (SoC) technologies.
According to the company, its products will address a mobile communications handset market that is slated to be worth $35 billion by 2004.