2/18/2003 - With advanced hardware-based security features -- a first in the wireless industry -- as well as increased performance and reduced power consumption, four new GSM/GPRS chipset solutions from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] build on the market success of their predecessor chipsets to enable compelling new multimedia applications on wireless mobile devices addressing all market segments. The latest additions to the TCS family of chipsets offer the industry's first hardware-based security features, which provide protection against viruses and promote secure m-commerce and financial transactions on mobile devices.
"With the rapid growth of GPRS, having a variety of highly differentiated feature-rich handsets is increasingly crucial to consumers and wireless operators," said Rick Kornfeld, vice president and general manager for TI's wireless chipset business. "Wireless terminal manufacturers require chipsets that are specifically tailored to high-growth market segments-- from voice-centric communications to rich multimedia devices. These newest additions to TI's TCS chipset family are designed to meet these stringent performance, power, and size targets, while simultaneously providing strong security features."
The latest additions to TI's GSM/GPRS chipset family -- the TCS2600, TCS2620, TCS2200, and TCS2010 -- address the broad spectrum of wireless market segments, beginning with voice-centric handsets, including mid-range color Java-phones and smartphones, and extending to high-performance wireless PDAs and handsets. With increased communications and computing performance, strong hardware-based security, low power consumption and significant board space savings from greater component-level integration, the new chipsets are capable of supporting the next wave of applications, such as secure m-commerce, multimedia games and entertainment, location-based services, streaming media, accelerated Java processing, web browsing, enhanced 2D graphics and many others.
Because the new chipsets have integrated more functions onto fewer chips, the bill of materials (BOM) for a mobile device design will be significantly lower, increasing the competitiveness of the device when it reaches the marketplace, enabling wireless Internet access for the masses.
The TCS2600 and TCS2620 Chipset Solutions - TI´s Next-generation Smartphone Platform
Specifically targeted at the rapidly growing market for GPRS smartphones, the new TCS2600 and TCS2620 chipsets leverage TI´s OMAPTM platform and extend the capabilities of the TCS2500 chipset. In addition, to support EDGE network deployment and the accompanying high data rate services, both chipsets will be upgradeable to meet the requirements of the EDGE standard.
The TCS2600 features the new OMAP730 smartphone processor, which integrates TI´s market-proven Class 12 GPRS modem with an ARM926 general-purpose processing (GPP) core dedicated to applications processing. With GPP speeds up to 200 MHz, the OMAP730 has double the application processing performance over the previous generation OMAP710 processor, and like all OMAP processors, provides support for leading mobile operating systems including Microsoft´s Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition, Symbian OS and Series 60, Palm OS®, and LinuxTM. In addition, TI´s OMAP Developer´s Network ensures a continuous stream of compelling applications for all OMAP processors.
The TCS2620 chipset includes the new OMAP732 smartphone processor, which has all the OMAP730 device features plus up to 256 Mb of stacked mobile SDRAM, further reducing the size of smartphones and PDAs and consuming less power than traditional external memory configurations. Please see www.ti.com/omap73x for additional technical information on the OMAP730 and OMAP732 processors.
Hardware security features make the TCS2600 and TCS2620 the industry's most secure wireless chipset solutions. Protection against viruses, as well as security of personal information and proprietary software or creative content stored on mobile devices, is ensured through features like secure bootloader, true hardware random number generator (RNG), secure execution and storage environment, and hardware accelerators for bulk encryption and one-way hashing. In addition, both chipsets are compatible with TI's security library, which is made up of software security modules from leading third-party vendors.
The three-chip TCS2600 and TCS2620 chipsets also feature the new TWL3016 analog baseband (ABB) processor and the TRF6151 direct conversion, quad-band single-chip radio frequency (RF) transceiver. The TWL3016 ABB has complete power management and high-fidelity audio subsystem integrated on-chip while the TRF6151's direct conversion technology integrates numerous external filtering devices, VCO and voltage regulator, reducing a manufacturer's BOM by approximately 30 percent from comparable RF devices using a super heterodyne architecture.
The TCS2200 and TCS2010 -- Building on the TCS2100 for New Market Segments
The two other new chipsets, the TCS2200 and the TCS2010, are based on the same architecture as TI´s TCS2100, a market-proven Class 12 GSM/GPRS chipset that has been widely adopted by major manufacturers of wireless handsets.
The TCS2200 is specifically designed to meet the requirements for mass-market applications-rich GPRS handsets, with on-chip support for Java MIDP2.0, MP3/AAC music, MIDI, WAP, MMS and EMS, and more. With expanded memory resources, extensive on-chip connectivity capabilities like USB and seamless integration with TI's 0.13u BRF6100 Bluetooth single chip solution, manufacturers can quickly implement new functionality while reducing BOM costs. In addition, the TCS2200 offers the same industry-leading hardware-based security mechanisms featured in the TCS2600.
The three-chip TCS2200 chipset features the same analog baseband processor, the TWL3016, and the single-chip, direct conversion RF transceiver, the TRF6151, of the TCS2600 chipset. The TBB2200 GSM/GPRS baseband modem completes the chipset.
For high-volume voice-centric market segments, the three-chip TCS2010 chipset further reduces BOM costs while providing a complete platform for Class 12 GSM/GPRS handsets. Building upon TI's record in the market for low-power wireless technology, the TCS2010 chipset incorporates power saving innovations that double the stand-by time over devices using previous generation techniques.
Because its baseband modem, the TBB2010, is pin-for-pin compatible with other TCS chipsets, designs based on the TCS2010 chipset can be easily upgraded to the TCS2100 chipset for a consistent product line strategy addressing all market segments. The software compatibility among TCS chipsets also maximizes the efficient re-use of program and system code across multiple lines of mobile devices.
The TCS2010 chipset includes TI's leading single-chip RF transceiver with DC technology, the TRF6151. The chipset's analog baseband processor, the TWL3014, integrates all power management and analog baseband functions onto a single chip, saving board space while reducing chip count and development costs.
For wireless multimedia PDAs requiring best-in-class application processing, the TCS2010 can be seamlessly paired with an OMAP application processor, such as TI's recently announced OMAP161x series of processors.
Fully Supported TCS Reference Designs
All of the new TCS chipsets will be supported by a full array of development tools as well as complete handset reference designs that can reduce development times dramatically. TCS reference designs are manufacturing quality and include a complete BOM, board design and layout, GSM/GPRS protocol stacks, integrated TCS Application Suite of embedded software, and access to TI´s worldwide customer support.
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