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NXP tailors multimedia chip for ultra low-cost handset sector

Eindhoven, The Netherlands—NXP Semiconductors has tailored its latest GSM/GPRS-optimized multimedia chip, dubbed the Nexperia PNX4903, for the Ultra Low-Cost (ULC) segment of the mobile handset market.

The PNX4903 allows OEMs to develop music phones with a color screen, MP3 playback, removable flash memory card and FM tuner for a total bill of materials of less than $20. While traditional handset designs require three times the number of external components on a more complex printed circuit board, the PNX4903 enables designers to build a complete, dual-band GSM/GPRS modem with 49 external components on four-layer printed circuit board (PCB).

The PNX4903 is developed using a low power, high-performance CMOS process and incorporates an ARM926-EJS MCU core and high-performance DSP core. It also integrates analog and digital baseband, RF transceiver, power management unit (PMU) subsystem, battery-charging circuitry, audio subsystem and all voltage regulators (LDOs and DC/DC) in a single chip.

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NXP Semiconductors, 1-800-447-1500, www.nxp.com

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