Philips' Low-power 802.11b Chipset for Mobile Handset Module

7/12/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced that Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a global leader in integrated electronics components for mobile handsets and other portable devices, has selected Philips' low-power 802.11b wireless local area network (LAN) chipset for its newest module. Mobile phone manufacturers continue to add features and functionality to mobile phones, and wireless LAN capabilities will give mobile phone users access to high-speed information transfer at hotspots and other wireless-LAN-served environments.

Murata chose Philips' wireless LAN chipset for use in its module because the chips were specifically designed for use in handheld portable devices. Its industry-leading low-power consumption and small chip-size features were designed with the smart phone market in mind, which is projected to have significant growth over the next 3 years.

“Murata has a tremendous track record with its module business, and we are very proud that they have selected our 802.11b chipset,” said Paul Marino, vice president and general manager, connectivity, Philips Semiconductors. “With Murata’s new 802.11b module, mobile handset manufacturers have a convenient and cost-effective way to add wireless LAN capabilities to their products.”

The Philips low-power WLAN chipset features the industry’s lowest standby power, consuming less than 2 mW, which extends battery life. The chipset is the only zero host-load 802.11b solution – it has the unique ability to listen for and process incoming traffic even when the host processor is powered down. The host processor only wakes up when a valid data packet arrives, saving more battery power. In addition, when used in a handheld device with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the 802.11b chipset supports coexistence features, which eliminate interference between the two signals.

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Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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