1/16/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the world's leading provider of single-chip radio devices, announced that NEC's e606 3G videophone handsets are to be Bluetooth-enabled by CSR's BlueCore single chip Bluetooth IC. The NEC e606 handsets are for Hutchison's 3G network, which is being rolled out worldwide under the company's '3' brand, providing a range of 3G services. Bluetooth technology increases handset connectivity options to other devices such as headsets, cameras, printers, PDAs and PCs.
The choice of CSR's BlueCore as the Bluetooth solution by NEC for the e606 videophone handsets is a firm endorsement of both CSR’s technology and ability to deliver in high volumes. It highlights how BlueCore can be easily integrated into handset designs which is set to be a key driver in the mass take up of Bluetooth. The launch of 3G networks around the world is a significant step in the development of mobile communications and, given the requirement for Bluetooth enabled handsets, provides further impetus to the adoption of Bluetooth.
The NEC e606 3G handsets will be dual-mode allowing the user to benefit from both advanced 3G services and the existing omnipresent 2G networks. Incorporating many new customer-focused features and technologies, including Bluetooth wireless connectivity, these handsets are designed to allow users to experience 3G to the full.
Hutchison has taken delivery of the first handsets from NEC for its 'friendly user' trials in the UK and Italy.
Eric Janson, worldwide vice president, marketing, CSR commented, "We are delighted to be selected as the supplier of Bluetooth silicon for these NEC 3G handsets", adding, "NEC's leading role in Hutchison’s European 3G implementation gives CSR a fantastic first mover advantage in this exciting wave of technology."
3G networks will be able to deliver high quality, media-rich content including audio and video, to a mobile handset. 3G will also allow you to see and hear video clips, and send and receive multimedia content and information many times faster than is possible over today's current networks. For example, instead of just seeing the final score of a football match, complete video clips with highlights and commentary could be sent directly to subscribers’ handsets. Users will also have access to a powerful online personal organiser and convenient electronic wallet.
To support such advanced services, 3G handsets themselves need to be feature-rich. Computer-style keyboards, built-in cameras and significantly larger colour screens are some of the main physical improvements on the 3G handset.
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specialises in providing single-chip radio devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications, including BluetoothTM. The company’s mission is to create the most highly integrated radio devices available, fabricated using standard CMOS technology, to provide its customers with the lowest cost of ownership of high quality digital radio.
CSR was the first company in the world to offer a true single-chip Bluetooth solution with BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller. In Q4 2001 CSR released BlueCore2, its second generation family, and offer developed hardware/software bundles for each of the fastest growing Bluetooth applications markets. Users can combine the chips with the CSR Bluetooth software stack to provide a fully compliant solution for data and voice communications or, used with an upper layer host software stack, CSR is able to offer a complete Bluetooth end-to-end solution.
CSR has a growing list of major international companies including Microsoft Corp, Samsung, Sony, Compaq, IBM, Fujitsu, LG, ALPS, TDK, 3Com, Mitsumi, Siemens and Motorola, who have already used CSR’s BlueCore in the development of a range of Bluetooth products. In fact, 70% of available pre-qualified modules, as listed on the qualified products page of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) web site, feature BlueCore and it is in 57% of all qualified Bluetooth v 1.1 enabled end product designs.
CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark. More information about CSR can be found on the web site at www.csr.com
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.1) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers integrated solutions in the key fields of computer and networking through its market-focused, in-house companies: NEC Solutions and NEC Networks. NEC Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $39 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2002. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: www.nec.com.
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