ST-Ericsson offers chips for EDGE phones

LONDON — ST-Ericsson NV has announced two chips for next-generation, low-cost handsets to the EDGE standard; the 4908 and 4910, which it claims offer the longest battery life for mobile phones.

Both platforms integrate both digital and analog basebands, RF transceiver and power management unit (PMU) in a single chip. In addition, these chips provide multimedia, connectivity and security features.

The hardware-accelerated multimedia in the 4910 and 4908 EDGE platforms allow MIPS-intensive tasks to be offloaded from the CPU and delivers required performance with a smaller and more power-efficient design, ST-Ericsson claimed. The 4910 and 4908 hardware reference designs are accompanied by a flexible, pre-integrated and fully validated software solution that also reduces R&D expenses. The 4908 supports a 2-megapixel camera and QCIF MPEG-4 decode while the 4910 supports a 3-megapixel camera and QVGA MPEG-4 decode..

“Entry-level cell phone users now desire the same value-added applications available in today's more mature wireless markets, including high-quality video capture and hi-fi stereo Bluetooth music,” said Marc Cetto, vice president of cellular systems and connectivity at ST-Ericsson, in a statement.

The 4908 and 4910 EDGE platforms will be available in mass production in early 2010.

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