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Infineon Introduces Entry-Level Platform for Android Handsets to Drive Smartphones into the High Volume Segment

15th February 2010
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Infineon Technologies announced XMM6181, a new entry-level smartphone platform for Android handsets addressing the high volume consumer segment. XMM 6181 offers open OS support for Android through a highly integrated system solution that will help to bring mobile social networking to the mass market. With this extension to its smart devices portfolio, Infineon brings smartphone functionality for a new price segment with wholesale prices between 100 and 150 US dollars while maintaining key multimedia capabilities and connectivity features. This platform leverages the maturity of Infineon’s market proven cellular modem technology to enable fast integration, reduced time to market and smooth global launch.
The new platform is centered on the X-GOLD™618, a cellular System-on-Chip (SoC), comprising monolithically integrated ARM11™, multimedia-accelerators for video, graphics, and audio processing, 5 Megapixel ISP (Image Signal Processor), 2G/3G baseband functionality, and power management. It is complemented by SMARTi™UE, the market leading multimode and multiband HSPA RF transceiver solution.

Infineon’s strength in market proven 3GPP (3rd generation Partnership Program) multimode HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) modems combined with its years of leadership in ULC (ultra low cost) solutions enables the company to offer this highly competitive entry-level smartphone solution. Smartphones have brought a rich world of applications to the mobile consumer. The cost structure of today’s solutions however has been a barrier for mass market adoption.

“Infineon’s new entry-level smartphone platform for Android will drive smartphone functionality into the volume segment of today’s feature phones,” said Weng Kuan Tan, President of the Wireless Solutions Division at Infineon. “After mobile voice and mobile internet, entry-level smartphones will enable the next level of mass communication: mobile social networking!”

”Entry-tier smartphones will be the fastest growing smartphone segment worldwide during the 2010 to 2014 period. Enabled by cost-efficient hardware platforms and operators’ need for data-centric devices with lower subsidies, entry-level smartphones will strongly foster smartphone adoption by a broader section of mobile users,” said Neil Mawston of market research company Strategy Analytics.

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