Renesas : Development systems allows re-configurable communication

ASOCS, a developer of wireless MultiComms™ processors and system solutions for handheld devices, and Renesas Technology Europe today announced availability of a GSM/GPRS/EDGE communication development system (CDS). Comprising of an ASOCS MP100 MultiComms processor and a Renesas Technology DRACO3 RF subsystem, the development system allows handset designers to rapidly prototype combined cellular and Internet products.

“The proven, stable RF sub-system from Renesas Technology gives our customers a very quick time to market with ASOCS MP100 MultiComms processor-based handsets and handhelds. Our customers expect a field proven GSM solution with world-class international support. We found these qualities in Renesas and their cellular sub-systems,” said Tom Yemington, ASOCS VP of Business Development.

The ASOCS MP100 MultiComms processor offers high-performance software reconfigurable modems, low latency air-interface switching, and minimal power consumption – enabling user-transparent access to the Internet. Using this processor, handset and device developers can now run cellular and Wi-Fi concurrently. Providing the development systems RF capability, Renesas’ DRACO3 enables a power-efficient, cost-effective quad band EDGE radio solution in a compact footprint. Available for most leading baseband platforms, the highly integrated DRACO3 RF solution supports dual mode operation with a flexible HPA architecture.

“We are delighted to partner with ASOCS to help drive wireless convergence by using their groundbreaking MP100 MultiComms processor solution”, says Chris Litchfield, manager of Renesas Technology Europe’s Mobile Business Group. “Our DRACO3 is well suited to address the upcoming wireless convergence market due to its low power consumption, feature set, robust performance, high quality and availability.”

About MP100 MultiComms Processor:

The ASOCS MP100 MultiComms processor introduces a revolutionary approach to wireless communication – a single chip offering concurrent operation of high-performance software-reconfigurable modems, low latency air-interface switching, and minimal power consumption enabling user-transparent access to the internet. ASOCS is currently sampling the MP100 processor to select customers.

About ASOCS:

Founded in 2003, ASOCS develops and markets MultiComms™ processors designed to enable seamless connectivity over diverse air interface networks. ASOCS’ ModemX™ is a unique solution based on patented algorithm technology and a flexible software-based modem. It ensures low power consumption and effectively runs multi-communication standards concurrently. ASOCS has partnered with leading chip makers, as well as hardware, software and module developers to provide mobile consumer electronics vendors with a complete MultiComm SoC solution.

ASOCS – making wireless convergence TRANSPARENT.

About Renesas Technology Corp.

Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD Driver ICs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 951 billion JPY in FY2007 (end of March 2008). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in 17 countries with 26,800 employees worldwide.

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