Cambridge, UK and Norwood, MA (02/06/2006) -
TTPCom Limited and Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI)
announced today the availability of multimedia software and user applications pre-integrated with GSM/GPRS protocol stack software for multimedia featurephones based on Analog Devices’ SoftFone® chipsets. The essential multimedia features such as MPEG4/H.263 video encode/decode, multi-megapixel still image capture, MP3/AAC music playback, and polyphonic MIDI ringtone software are integrated with the protocol stack software and validated on reference platforms to accelerate the development of handsets targeting the mid- and high-end multimedia featurephone market.
“This highly optimized hardware and software package is loaded with multimedia functionality to provide a highly affordable ‘out of the box’ solution for handset manufacturers,” commented Alan Lewis, Platform Product Manager at TTPCom. “The pre-validated, proven technology can reduce handset development time by two to three months. Costs are also kept to a minimum as the software and processing power available in the newest Analog Devices chipsets allows us to manage the multimedia processing on-chip and eliminate the co-processor for the majority of feature phone designs.”
“Development of multimedia handsets has previously involved a separate co-processor and multiple algorithms running on various chips, creating a level of complexity that results in higher cost and longer development time for handset developers,” said Christian Kermarrec, vice president, RF and wireless systems, Analog Devices, Inc. “TTPCom’s integration of the most popular multimedia functions on our SoftFone chipset simplifies the handset development for our customers, and reduces both cost and risk.”
The Analog Devices SoftFone chipsets supported by TTPCom’s new pre-integrated software packages include the SoftFone AD6900 (LeMans) and SoftFone AD6758 (Ares) digital baseband processors intended for EDGE and GPRS applications. Analog Devices’ recently announced AD6900 includes the Blackfin® Processor, which targets high-end EDGE and GPRS multimedia handsets, supporting video encoding and decoding up to 30 frames per second for QVGA displays, while the AD6758 is intended for mid-range multimedia GPRS handsets, supporting 20 frames-per-second QCIF video displays. Each digital baseband processor is complemented by an analog baseband/audio/power-management IC and an Othello® direct conversion radio transceiver.
Complete reference platforms are available from Analog Devices to support handset development, with the TTPCom pre-integrated software packages optimized, fully tested and validated to reduce development time and risk. The software packages are fully integrated with the TTPCom AJAR Platform, the definitive applications platform for featurephones, combining a comprehensive applications framework, a toolset for the development and testing of applications and user interfaces, and a complete suite of applications for today’s leading-edge phones.
With 10 offices and development centres around the world, TTPCom Ltd. is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC). The company develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals. TTPCom licenses its technology to leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide, including Analog Devices, Intel, LG, NEC, Renesas, Sharp and Siemens.
TTPCom has established a world leading position with its GPRS, EDGE and 3G protocol software; offers rapid customisation of handsets through its AJAR applications framework; and develops both radio and baseband cellular engines through its Macro products. More than 150 million devices using TTPCom technology have been shipped worldwide.
About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.
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