Munich, GermanyInfineon Technologies AG announced sample availability of the SMARTi 3GE dual-mode WCDMA/EDGE radio frequency (RF) transceiver for cellular mobile handset designs.
The device is a six-band WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) and quad-band EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Evolution) product that uses the same architecture as the company's SMARTi PM, a quad-band GSM/EDGE transceiver, and the SMARTi 3G, a six-band WCDMA transceiver with HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) capabilities.
The SMARTi 3GE measures 6 by 6 square millimeters (0.24 x 0.24 square inches) and frees up more than 40 percent of board space compared to Infineon’s previous two-chip product for multi-band cellular mobile handsets. The device is fully software compatible with the previous generation.
SMARTi3 GE handles quad-band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and currently defined WCDMA bands I through VI, allowing global roaming of mobile handesets between Europe, the USA and Japan. The integration of bands II (1900 MHz), IV (1.7/2.1 GHz) and V (850 MHz) is addressing the requirements of the USA market in particular. For emerging data applications, the SMARTi 3GE chip offers data rates as high as 7.2 Mbps in WCDMA downlink by supporting the HSDPA protocol category 8.
The SMARTi 3GE chip is based on Infineon’s standard 130 nm CMOS RF technology. It is housed in Green (lead-free and halogen-free) leadless packages. Samples are available now and are already evaluated by several customers. The ramp-up of SMARTi 3GE is scheduled for 4th quarter 2006. Click here for more information.