CANNES, France -- Motorola Inc. rolled out its promised third-generation cellular phone chip set and development platform at the 3GSM World Congress conference here. The 3G phone chip set's baseband processor is based on the StarCore DSP architecture, which was jointly developed by Motorola and Agere Systems Inc.
The launch of the i.300 Innovative Convergence platform is the second major leg in Motorola's strategy to completely open up availability of its cellular phone technology to other handset makers worldwide. Nine weeks after announcing the open strategy, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector introduced its 2.5G i250 platform last September. The 2.5G chip set contains a baseband processor with a Motorola's 16-bit DSP56600 digital signal processor core and an ARM7 TDMI RISC core (see Sept. 17 story).
To support higher performance in 3G handsets, Motorola has moved to a baseband processor with the StarCore DSP and its MCore controller core. The chip set also uses an ARM-based DragonBall central processing unit to handle a range of applications, such as multimedia, e-mail, and interactive gaming.
"We have been developing and testing 3G technologies for the past five years," said Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless and Broadband Systems Group. He said the new i.300 platform brings together all of Motorola's experience and serves to help create 3G products for multimedia and infotainment consumer applications.
The i.300 chip set supports Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, Edge (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), and W-CDMA (wideband-code division multiple access) services.
The first-generation 3G development platform is scheduled for production in the second half of 2002 to support Motorola's A820 multi-functional voice/data solution. The first i.300 platform will be available for sampling in the second half of 2003. Handsets based on the 3G i.300 platform are expected to appear on the market by the end of 2003, said a Motorola spokeswoman in Austin, Tex.