6/18/2004 - TTPCom Ltd, the world’s leading independent supplier of digital wireless technology, and China’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, TCL Mobile Communication Ltd., announce the launch of the Microsoft® Windows MobileTM-based OCO1 Smartphone, a dual band (900/1800 MHz) product designed for the rapidly expanding Chinese market and for export. The Smartphone includes TTPCom’s GPRS class 10 protocol software, Microsoft® Windows MobileTM 2003 software for Smartphones, chipsets supplied by Analog Devices, and features an embedded digital camera, a 262k colour main display, 4k sub-display, 32 MB internal memory and full multimedia support, including MP3 and MPEG4. A triband version is also under development and is scheduled for launch in 2005.
TTPCom and TCL have been collaborating closely for a number of years and work on the OCO1 Smartphone started in late 2003. The rapid development of this innovative product has been facilitated by a number of factors: the location of a dedicated team of TTPCom’s engineers at TCL’s site in Huizhou, China, who assist with the transfer of wireless expertise between the two companies, anticipate development issues and assist with customisation, operator and field testing.
extensive work that TTPCom has undertaken directly with Microsoft to integrate their Windows MobileTM 2003 software with TTPCom’s protocol stack. TTPCom’s platform approach, that enables a range of phones to be developed using the same core technology.
Simon Du, Executive VP at TCL Mobile Communication stated, “The OCO1 Smartphone is an excellent example of how our collaboration with TTPCom is enabling us to develop new and innovative products quickly. Our ambition is to become a Tier 1 player within the next 3 years and with TTPCom as our lead technology platform we are well-placed to strengthen our market in China and to improve our position in export markets. This year we expect to export handsets to a number of major markets including South East Asia, Russia and Africa.” He added, “TTPCom have provided a very clear roadmap for future technologies and their extensive expertise in the GSM market is enabling us to rapidly expand our range of wireless products."
“The Smartphone is a significant new product range for TCL and the OCO1, which is packed with advanced features, is a fantastic example of what leading manufacturers can do with our technology and dedicated support teams. TTPCom’s technology has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing customers to easily develop a variety of differentiated products from the same core platform – therefore both the Smartphone and the wide range of feature phones that TCL are developing are built on the same core software,” stated Richard Walker, Managing Director of TTPCom’s Software Business Unit. “To enable our customers to develop smartphones in the most efficient way we have developed a set of tools that enable easy integration of open operating systems with our protocol stacks. We have also been working extensively with Microsoft to implement a solution that works ‘out of the box’ and upgrades of our tools are closely coupled with updates and modifications for all Microsoft Windows Mobile products."
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