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Manufacturers team up to offer CDMA chips

Two of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers and the world's biggest mobile phone maker are teaming up to offer a set of chips for handsets that will challenge Qualcomm.

STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments will offer an entire CDMA 2000 1X chipset, based on technology developed jointly with Nokia.

The CDMA chipset will include an analogue baseband/power management chip, a digital baseband chip and reference designs.

With the chipset, the group will move into a market dominated by Qualcomm, which sells about 90% of all chips in phones based on CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology.

The technology is widely used in the Americas and parts of Asia but ranks a distant second to GSM.

For the CDMA market to grow, handset manufacturers need a choice of competitive systems and suppliers, said Aldo Romano, general manager of STMicroelectronics' telecommunications, peripherals and automotive groups.

STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments will market the set of chips, which Nokia has already incorporated into its CDMA 2000 1X phones. The group expects to have first qualified samples of the new chips next quarter.


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