QUALCOMM announces new chipset to address expanding WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS market segment

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QUALCOMM's MSM6225 solution to enable entry-level voice and data devices

3GSM World Congress
QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6225 Mobile Station Modem chipset and system software to support data-centric and entry-level devices for the emerging WCDMA (UMTS) market.

With the introduction of the MSM6225 solution, QUALCOMM is expanding its WCDMA (UMTS) product portfolio to enable its manufacturing partners to take full advantage of the revenue potential created by the market segmentation and growth the WCDMA (UMTS) industry is experiencing.  Samples of the MSM6225 chipset are expected to ship in mid-2004.
"As WCDMA (UMTS) network rollouts accelerate around the world, operators are demanding WCDMA handsets to address different segments of the market. Our MSM6250 and the new MSM6225 chipsets and system software support the need for segmentation, and enable our OEM partners to address these new revenue opportunities while leveraging their investment in the MSM6250 platform development," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies.
"With the new MSM6225 chipset solution, our handset partners will be able to offer voice and data phones at cost-effective price points."
QUALCOMM's pin-compatible MSM6225 solution utilizes the same hardware and software platforms as the MSM6250 chipset, which shortens the certification process and development time for faster time-to-market and reduced cost. Building on this architecture, manufacturers can develop a single-platform design and differentiate the handset for operators that require both an offering for entry-level data applications and an offering encompassing the full spectrum of multimedia capabilities. The fully integrated MSM6225 solution means manufacturers can offer dynamic new wireless devices at attractive price points as they introduce and expand their own WCDMA (UMTS) product offerings.
The MSM6225 system solution supports multi-band GSM and WCDMA (UMTS), which will help enable worldwide WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM roaming. The roaming capabilities of the MSM6225 chipset make it an ideal solution for wireless data card and PDA manufacturers who require a cost-effective, high performance wireless modem solution for their enterprise device offerings. The MSM6225 solution includes access to QUALCOMM's BREW solution.
QUALCOMM's BREW solution enables the development of applications, the customization of devices with advanced content including Java Virtual Machines (JVMs), multimedia messaging services (MMS), Web browsers and user interfaces (UI), allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services to increase revenues. The MSM6225 chipset is also compatible with the Java runtime environment; the J2ME solution can be built entirely on the MSM6225 chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.