Press Release 2002
World's first 3G and GSM baseband processor
produced by PrairieComm
February 11, 2002 - PrairieComm, Inc., an industry leader in UMTS baseband technology for wireless terminals, today announced the world's first single-chip baseband processor achieving both UMTS and GSM voice calls. PrairieComm's PCI5110 integrated baseband processor facilitates the design and production of 3G handsets similar in size to today's 2G handsets while increasing speed, improving performance and enabling advanced data applications. Voice calls have been demonstrated in
PrairieComm's laboratories in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and this demonstration
will be on display at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, February 19-22.
"As the world's first provider of a single-chip UMTS/GSM/GPRS solution,
PrairieComm is leading and facilitating the testing of 3G networks and
handsets," said John Diehl, president and CEO, PrairieComm. "As a result,
PrairieComm is enabling its customer-partners to be the first to market with
3G multi-mode devices. No other company is able to offer this advanced
technology at this point in time."
"With the number of worldwide GSM subscribers forecast to exceed
750 million in 2002, handset manufacturers are desperately looking for an easy
and cost-effective means to incorporate 3G capabilities into their many
existing GSM product lines," said Allen Nogee, Sr. Analyst, Wireless Component
Technology, Cahners In-Stat/MDR. "PrairieComm's PCI5110 is one of the best
such solutions, as it provides manufacturers with an easy way to incorporate
UMTS functionality into their terminals, while still maintaining a small form
factor and low total parts count."
PrairieComm's PCI5110 is the ideal baseband solution for multi-mode
UMTS/GSM/GPRS terminals. Incorporating an ARM microprocessor and a TeakLite
DSP core into its design, the PCI5110 enables a chip count comparable to that
found in 2G handsets. With the PCI5110, the only major semiconductor
components required to build a UMTS handset are industry-standard Flash, SRAM
and WCDMA/GSM RF.
With PrairieComm's multi-mode single-chip solution, 3G handset
manufacturers can design and market competitively sized handsets with advanced
features. Because the PCI5110 incorporates UMTS/GSM/GPRS on one baseband
processor, carriers can rollout 3G networks using their existing 2G roaming
agreements -- allowing them to provide ubiquitous coverage to consumers.
For more information: http://www.prairiecomm.com
Mobileinfo Comments & Advisory: PrairieComm's
design of a single chip for both GSM and UMTS is an important step in
allowing smooth migration from GSM to UMTS.It will reduce both
operator and consumer costs - a win-win situation.