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Icera Announces New Platform for HSPA+ Smartphones

According to a recent press release, Icera Inc. is sampling the latest in its Espresso(R) platform series, targeted at HSPA+ smartphones. The platform includes Icera's (News - Alert) latest baseband and RF technology and delivers quad band HSPA+ up to 28Mbps together with full quad band 2G/3G voice support functions a small footprint, a tiny 700mm2.

Owing to its capability of combining high speed cellular data technology with a complete radio interface layer for the Android (News - Alert)(TM) operating system and full validated voice technology, Espresso(R)450 platform allows phone manufacturers to build products combining a powerful communications modem with their choice of high performance application processors to offer truly unique user experiences in the thinnest, lightest form factors, scaleable from 2G to 3G to 4G.

"Icera has evolved quickly from its start-up phase to being established now as one of only two major vendors in the data-intensive mobile broadband chipset market, with Icera being famous for continuously offering the world's highest performing chipsets,” said Stan Boland, President & CEO, Icera Inc., in a statement. “We are now taking the important step of applying this knowhow to the much larger smartphone market. We're sure to produce the same results—transformation in user experience, much smaller form factors, new competitive cost points—and now with great voice quality too."

It uses Icera's latest radio technology, the Livanto(R) ICE9225 multi-mode transceiver and Livanto(R) ICE8065 soft baseband processor. Implemented in low power 65nm CMOS technology, the ICE9225 radio delivers an unprecedented level of integration in a small 6x6 package. As a result, Espresso(R)450 platform delivers a high performance modem platform scaleable from 2G to 3G to 4G.

Icera is engaged with leading application processor partners on pre-integration of the Espresso(R)450 platform with the latest application processor platforms to accelerate the fast design of complete smartphones. Samples of the first phones using Espresso(R)450 will be displayed at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona next month and first products are expected to ship in late 2011.

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Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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