ROUSSET, France-- Atmel Corp. today (March 26) announced an expansion of its alliance in third-generation wireless networks with a company specializing in defense and security communications applications. Under the partnership, Atmel and EADS Defence & Security Networks (EDSN) plan to develop new platforms for all-digital "professional mobile radio" applications worldwide.
According to the two companies, the use of PMR networks is accelerating with the migration of systems from analog to all-digital platforms. EDSN is a Nortel Networks Corp. associated company in Europe focused on security and defense telecommunications, using civilian market technologies.
San Jose-based Atmel and EDSN said they plan to cooperate in platforms and ICs for both radio and baseband domains for the 3G wireless PMR applications. Chip sets will address all the sectors of the PMR market--including emergency services, public security, and industrial sites, according to the two companies.
"Atmel brings to this partnership our SiGe silicon-germanium technology for RF," said Alfredo Vadillo, Atmel's director of application specific standard products (ASSP) and custom ICs.
The alliance is the second partnership between the two companies, which earlier collaborated in the development of products and ICs for Tetrapol baseband systems. EDSN systems, based on the Tetrapol standard, are being developed and deployed in 24 countries, including 13 in Europe. The company said its systems will be serving 750,000 users in a coverage area of 4 million km2.
"This long-term agreement between our two companies has already borne fruit with the development of the Tetrapol baseband chip, now integrated into EDSN's 2nd generation portables," said Jean-Pierre Quemard, director of R&D at EDSN. "This new technological alliance reinforces the links between our two companies. It is a major step forward in the deployment of digital professional PMR on a worldwide scale by developing a third-generation PMR platform that is inter-operable and multi-mode, guaranteeing multi-sourcing," he said.