Infineon ULC: $20 Mobile Phone Chip Platform

Posted: Jul 13 2005, 12:21pm EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 4:14pm CDT, in News | Mobile Phones


Infineon ULC: $20 Mobile Phone Chip Platform
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Technologies AG announced their ULC Chip platform that cuts cost to produce a mobile phone to $20. The $20 include the complete mobile phone with its keypad, display and charging system, software for ensuring ease of use with the SMS and phone functions, packaging and documentation.

Looks like everybody has now discovered that their are 3.5 billion people who have coverage but not enough money to buy a mobile phone. Motorola and Philips announced already their plans to build a sub $20 bucks mobile handset.
Infineon is a chip provider. So their ULC reference design enables other companies to produce and market ultra cheap mobile phones.

With Infineon’s new platform design, a mobile phone capable of basic voice and SMS service needs below one hundred electronic components, in contrast to the 150 to approximately 200 components required in models produced today.

This is made possible by a highly integrated chip of Infineon that combines the processor and the send and receive electronics. The use of this single-chip means that numerous capacitors, filters and resistors are not needed and that the entire electronics package is just one-third the size of current designs, taking up just about 3 centimeters on 3 centimeters.

As a result, there is enough room in a typical size handset casing for a number of standard rechargeable batteries - such as nickel metal hydride (NiMH) AAA micro-cells.
More details in Infineon press-release.

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