TI Intros TD-SCDMA Chip

Texas Instruments intros its new 850MHz DSP processor, enabling wider network coverage for TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE, UMTS, and CDMA2000

November 15, 2004

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HONG KONG -- Pushing the envelope for wireless infrastructure bandwidth, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN - News; TI) today introduced the industry's highest-speed digital signal processor (DSP) optimized for base station manufacturers deploying 3G networks such as TD- SCDMA for the booming China market. TD-SCDMA is a China-backed 3G wireless technology adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 3G standards as well as the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS). The technology is currently in several trial networks in China. The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) indicates that the number of mobile phone users in China has passed 315 million, which creates a tremendous opportunity for the wireless industry.

The new device -- TMS320TCI100Q -- gives wireless service providers the heightened bandwidth needed to deliver wider network coverage areas, clearer signals and cutting-edge features like wireless video download, and real-time video conferencing over a cellular handset. Additionally, for TD-SCDMA baseband processing, this product can reduce the number of processors for a full carrier from three to two. Improvements have also been made in power management, with the device operating at a cool 2 watts, decreasing the overall power per channel by 20 percent.

With the lowest power per channel in the market, TI's latest DSP is also highly beneficial for GSM/EDGE and UMTS transceiving applications as well as for transcoding/media gateway designs.

The TCI100Q is the newest member of TI's wireless infrastructure-optimized processors, and is also compatible with TI's TMS320C6000(TM) family of DSPs. It offers higher system integration with the added boost of Viterbi and Turbo co-processors. Code compatible with all current and future TCI and C6000(TM) family products, the TCI100Q gives OEMs an indispensable tool for creating new revenue opportunities in their markets.

"With 9 out of the top 10 base station OEMs using our solutions for 3G networks, TI has developed a compelling portfolio of products designed to give the customer maximum flexibility," said Jerold Givens, business unit manager of Wireless Infrastructure DSP at TI. "With the addition of the 850MHz product, manufacturers can now choose which solution best meets their needs for specific air interface deployments and network conditions. We know that consumer demand for increased bandwidth will continue to grow, and we will continue to push the power-performance envelope in our next generation of products."

Texas Instruments Inc.

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