TTPCom Introduces ITM420 Quad-Band EDGE Wireless Module

7/16/2004 - TTPCom Ltd, the world’s leading independent supplier of digital wireless technology, launches the ITM420 quad-band EDGE module. The 47mm x 35mm x 3.3mm module is based on TTPCom’s world leading EDGE technology and is suitable for embedding into a range of products, including Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, wireless desk phones and various machine to machine (M2M) applications. The module is easily configurable using the developer kit available from TTPCom, enabling manufacturers or resellers of electronic equipment to rapidly prototype and develop innovative services and applications.

Initially a phenomenon in North America, interest in EDGE has grown globally with operators in Europe beginning to role out EDGE networks and services1. To support this growing market trend the ITM420 module meets all regulatory approval requirements throughout North America and Europe including GCF, PTCRB, FCC and R&TTE. The ITM420 module provides all of the functionality required by network operators including quad-band operation (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), EDGE class 10 and support for HR, FR, EFR and AMR speech codecs. The module also includes hardware support for USB 2.0 full speed, BluetoothTM and GPS.

The global market for wireless modules is set to grow rapidly over the next three years with between 100 million and 160 million M2M connections expected (Gartner, 2003). Many sectors and vertical markets can benefit from the global coverage and data rates provided by EDGE and GPRS, including retail, security and logistics. The ability to send and receive data from remote assets opens up new business opportunities, increases efficiency and enables companies to react quickly to changes in their market.

Stephen Larder, General Manager for Modules at TTPCom commented, “The ITM420 inherits over 4 years of EDGE development and testing. TTPCom are considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on this new technology and the ITM420 enables manufacturers to develop unique, high value and leading products”. He added, “The same technology has been licensed by leading manufacturers including LG Electronics, Siemens and Sierra Wireless, so whether you are adding EDGE functionality to a PDA or a vending machine, you are using the same high value technology that other leading manufacturers are relying on.”

1Growth of EDGE Worldwide
According to GSA, the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, 90 network operators in 60 countries have committed to deploy EDGE for the delivery of next generation services. The number of networks currently offering commercial EDGE-enabled services is 26 across North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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