TI offers three-chip OMAP solution for handsets, PDAs

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TI offers three-chip OMAP solution for handsets, PDAs EBN Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced the first standard chipset based on its Open Multimedia Applications Platform (OMAP), providing OEMs with an antenna-to-applications three-chip solution for 2.5G smart phones and PDAs. The TCS2500 combines a GSM/GPRS modem and an OMAP applications processor on one chip, integrates an analog baseband processor with power management on another chip, and includes a Bi-CMOS direct-conversion RF device. We’re providing a chipset and reference design that will allow customers to get to market in six months, as opposed to a year to 18 months, said Tom Pollard, director for marketing and business development at TI’s wireless design center in San Diego. The chipset consists of the OMAP710 baseband processor, the TWL3012 analog front-end and power management device, and the TRF6150 RF chip. The baseband processor integrates a GSM/GPRS modem based on a TMS320C54x DSP and ARM7 MPU, and an applications processor based on an ARM9. The applications processor enables OEMs to more easily develop and run software for multimedia messaging, Internet audio downloads, video-chip playbacks, and over-the-air synchronization with electronic databooks, Pollard said. The TCS2500 is sampling, with production scheduled for the first quarter of 2002. In quantities of 1,000, the chipset is priced at $40.

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