SAN JOSE, Calif. Hoping to keep up with Texas Instruments Inc. and others in the wireless-baseband market, Qualcomm Inc. said it plans to implement 65-nm process technology for its cellular-phone chipsets starting in the first half of 2006.
Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) will offer CDMA2000 and WCDMA chipsets featuring 65-nm technology. The chips include its MSM6800, MSM6280, MSM6260, MSM6255A and MSM6245 solutions. The fabless company reportedly uses several foundries, including IBM, TSMC and UMC.
One of the first products to use 65-nm process technology will be Qualcomm’s Value Platform Mobile Station Modem (MSM) 6245 solution, a single-chip baseband product.
The MSM6245 supports WCDMA Release 99, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks. It supports a 2-megapixel camera and image processing, Bluetooth, 2D/3D graphics, and video streaming, playback, recording and videotelephony.
The MSM6245 is scheduled to sample in the second quarter of 2006. The solution includes the RFT6275 transceiver to support single-band handsets, the RFR6275 receiver to support GPS and tri-band WCDMA configurations when combined with the RFT6275 and PM6640 power management devices.
"The performance and cost benefits of 65-nm process technology will enable us to offer greater functionality and optimized system solutions for mobile handsets," said Sanjay Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, in a statement.