BANGALORE, India India's Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has joined the Open-Plug Configurable Phone Initiative, a recently cross-industry venture to promote software flexibility in mobile phones.
The initiative supports development of mobile phones with new applications and user interface features during the life of the design. Other IC vendors, networks, phone makers and application developers support the initiative.
Sasken partners with some of the world's top terminal device makers, OEMs, ODMs, semiconductor companies and operators, and their endorsement of the initiative indicates the concept of configurable phones has caught on, according to Eric Baissus, chief executive of Open-Plug (Nice, France).
The Initiative gives Sasken an opportunity to come up with innovative terminal and applications concepts that will enable new services and business concepts, said Prabhas Kumar, chief operating officer of Sasken Communications.
In a separate development, fabless IC firm Bandspeed Inc. (Austin, Tx.) has picked Sasken to provide chip verification and system testing for its omnidirectional and SDMA platforms. Sasken will provide improved RF manageability and overall network functionality for its enterprise access point customers.
Sasken's support services for Bandspeed include CLI, SNMP, and driver and switching engine extensions. These services will speed time-to-market for Bandspeed, which provides silicon-software solutions to simplify deployment and management of enterprise WLANs.