T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the first-of-its-kind embedded SIM for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. Nearly the size of a head of a pin, the durable embedded SIM withstands challenging environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and motion to deliver reliable wireless connectivity. The embedded SIM is ideal for telematics and smart grid infrastructure solutions where environmental factors may reduce reliability and increase maintenance costs of removable SIM-based solutions.
The embedded SIM preserves many of the benefits of a GSM-based SIM solution (authentication, encryption and storage), but at a fraction the size of the traditional SIM you’d find in a mobile phone. In addition to the much smaller size, the embedded SIM differs from today’s SIMs in that it’s built from silicon — not plastic.
The Bluetooth SIG has formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 High Speed (HS), or Bluetooth 3.0. This latest iteration of the popular short-range wireless technology fulfills the consumers’ need for speed while providing the same wireless Bluetooth experience – faster. Manufacturers of consumer electronics and home entertainment devices can now build their products to send large amounts of video, music and photos between devices wirelessly at speeds consumers expect.
Bluetooth 3.0 gets its speed from the 802.11 radio protocol. The inclusion of the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) provides increased throughput of data transfers at the approximate rate of 24 Mbps. In addition, mobile devices including Bluetooth 3.0 will realize increased power savings due to enhanced power control built in.
Pilotfish, an industrial design and product development studio based in Munich, Amsterdam and Taipei, today introduced Ondo, a dedicated music editing phone concept. The Ondo concept enables OEMs to visualize a new form of user interaction for mobile phones.
User The target user for “Ondo” is the music enthusiast who seeks to interactively capture and edit sounds. Going beyond software-based solutions of other products, it is specifically designed to effectively collect pure sounds and is specially constructed to create a tactile sound editing experience.
Music Editing Made from form-sensitive flexible materials, “Ondo” allows the user to modify recorded sounds by physically twisting and bending the device.
ZTE USA, Inc., a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider, today unveiled its LTE strategy for the North American market at CTIA Wireless 2009. With a Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform-based UMTS solution already developed and devices expected in the next 12-18 months, ZTE is positioned to provide end-to-end solutions for North American operators looking to deploy LTE in the near future. ZTE is also showcasing a range of next-generation, integrated LTE solutions at the conference.
Several LTE solutions will be exhibited, including ZTE’s FDD-LTE, full-IP platform-based FMC core network and SAE EPC. LTE wireless services and SDR-based multi-mode base stations will also be shown onsite and further demonstrate ZTE’s capabilities in providing comprehensive and fully integrated solutions for GSM/CDMA, UMTS/EV-DO and LTE.
Airvana, Inc.today announced results of performance tests of the company’s HubBub CDMA femtocell that demonstrated dramatic improvements for indoor 3G coverage and performance when compared with using the existing macro-cellular network alone.
Based on the results of side-by-side testing, a typical HubBub user can expect to achieve broadband data rates throughout their house of approximately five times that of the existing wireless macro network. From a theoretical EVDO peak data rate of 3.1Mbps, femtocell data rates also proved to be significantly more consistent than the macro rates, exceeding 2 Mbps in all corners of the home on a statistically reliable basis.
Airvana’s radio frequency (RF) engineering team developed custom testing hardware and software specifically for this analysis and measured Airvana’s HubBub femtocell performance in a variety of single family homes, townhouses, and apartments in urban, suburban and rural settings, to simulate the full-range of subscriber dwellings.
Check out this video presented by Pattie Maes' lab at MIT. The video is of a new technology called TED, which is the brain power of Pranav Mistry, who is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab.
TED is a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Some of the applications are similar to ones seen in the movie "The Minority Report" staring Tom Cruise.
Pranav Mistry is a very smart guy. Some of his previous projects at MIT includes intelligent sticky notes, Quickies, that can be searched and can send reminders; a pen that draws in 3D; and TaPuMa, a tangible public map that can act as Google of physical world.
ZTE Corporation, a provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced another technological breakthrough by achieving the world's first EV-DO Revision B (Rev.B) VoIP Call on its CDMA2000 system, marking the first time in the industry that a CDMA vendor achieves an impressive 9.3 Mbps download rate and 5.4 Mbps upload rate. This remarkable feat once again demonstrates ZTE's leading position in the CDMA industry. The excellent results were announced by the company in the recently concluded 3GPP2 Standards Conference 2009 held in Shanghai, China from February 16-24, which was jointly organized by ZTE and China Telecom to promote next-generation wireless broadband communications.
EV-DO is a telecommunications standard for the wireless transmission of data through radio signals, typically for broadband Internet access. It was designed as an evolution of the CDMA2000 (IS-2000) standard that would support high data rates and could be deployed alongside a wireless carrier's voice services. It is standardized by 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) as part of the CDMA2000 family of standards and has been adopted by many mobile phone service providers worldwide, particularly those previously employing CDMA networks.
Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that the Company has added support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to certain chipsets in its product portfolio. Qualcomm is helping accelerate the commercial availability of mobile handsets featuring the short-range technology and is engaged with leading NFC solutions providers to develop reference designs based on the Company's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets.
NFC technology is well suited for payment, mass transit, ticketing and other similar applications requiring a quick and secure contactless exchange of data between devices that are in close proximity to each other.
Nuance Communications, Inc., a provider of speech solutions, today announced the availability of Nuance Voice Control (NVC) 2.0.
NVC 2.0 is a customizable modular framework that allows operators and handset OEMs to speech enable any feature, application, or network service on any mobile device they bring to market, including feature phones.
The next generation of NVC integrates VSuite, the most widely distributed embedded command and control application currently available on more than 300 million phones worldwide, with Nuance’s innovative Open Voice Search (OVS), Mobile Messaging, and the ability to inform and launch any native or third-party mobile application.
Broadcom Corporation today announced that Samsung Electronics will use its single-chip cellular platform for selected future EDGE mobile phones.
Based on the 65 nanometer (nm) BCM21331 single-chip EDGE processor with integrated cellular radio, the Broadcom advanced EDGE platform enables features that were only previously available on more expensive 3G handsets to be supported in lower cost 2G phones. Key features include touch-based graphical user interfaces with tactile feedback, motion sensors, advanced multimedia and extended Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.
According to iSuppli market research, the EDGE segment of the mobile phone market is projected to grow from 308 million units in 2008 to over 483 million units in 2012, making EDGE the largest volume sector.
On2 Technologies, a provider of video compression solutions, will demonstrate high-definition mobile video solutions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 16-19. On2 will unveil new hardware design solutions for mobile and multimedia chip-set manufacturers, demonstrate its latest mobile video software implementations, and preview its cloud transcoding service at its Stand 1A55, in Hall 1 of La Fira convention center.
On2 announced the Hantro 8190, the first high-definition hardware decoder supporting MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264 for low powered chipsets, at last year's Mobile World Congress, and the company recently unveiled the industry's most advanced video compression format, On2 VP8. The convergence of web and mobile content is a growing industry trend, and On2's technology solutions deliver customers high-quality, low-bit-rate video with minimal processing requirements, making them ideal for mobile devices.
AuthenTec, a provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, today announced that NTT DOCOMO is now offering subscribers the world’s first fingerprint-enabled waterproof cell phone, the Fujitsu F-01A.
This feature-rich phone is the first to use a fingerprint sensor using AuthenTec’s revolutionary new TouchStoneTM packaging. In addition to convenient and easy-to-use security, the phone incorporates AuthenTec’s TrueNav technology for touchpad-like navigational control via AuthenTec’s AES1711 fingerprint sensor.
The F-01A is the 17th Fujitsu phone to leverage the convenient security of an AuthenTec fingerprint sensor and the second Fujitsu phone to use AuthenTec’s TrueNavTM user navigation capability.
Dual-mode 3G UMA handsets allow customers to seamlessly roam and handover between UMTS cellular networks, GSM/EDGE networks, and home or enterprise WiFi access points. In addition to significant improvements in connectivity and voice quality, the Cellular System Solution 7210 UMA will deliver data speeds at more than 1 Mbits/sec over UMA.
This new development means customers can use one device for fast Internet browsing, streaming video services or access to social networks over the fastest available 3G or WiFi network. When in range, users can take advantage of WiFi to download content and make more affordable voice calls than they can over cellular networks.
There is strong demand for WiFi enabled 3G handsets from both handset makers and operators. With the 7210 UMA now commercially available, ST-NXP Wireless is ready to help handset manufacturers satisfy the market-demand with handsets that combine the best capabilities of fixed and mobile broadband access.
LG Electronics has announced that it has independently developed the first handset (user equipment) modem chip based on 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology standards. The modem chip can theoretically support wireless download speeds of 100Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of 50Mbps. This represents a significant step toward creating a market-ready 4G phone.
The Modem Chip is the most crucial component required to create a viable 4G handset with LTE technology, the leading candidate to become the fourth generation mobile phone technology standard.
LG demonstrated the chip today at its Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab in Anyang, Korea, achieving wireless download speeds of 60 Mbps and upload speeds of 20 Mbps. The fastest phones currently on the market use HSDPA technology and download at a maximum speed of 7.6 Mbps.
Novatel Wireless, Inc., today unveiled MiFi, an unprecedented line of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots. Together with a rich applications environment for enterprises and consumers, MiFi drives a new ecosystem of broadband connectivity.
Unlike existing router solutions that require an external broadband modem and serve only to provide connectivity, the MiFi line creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, cameras, gaming devices and multimedia players. The MiFi products serve as an intelligent, open platform capable of hosting advanced software applications and flexible enough to address the continued evolution of mobile broadband.
Next Generation in Mobile Broadband Connectivity: MiFi represents the industry's first Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, a new category of mobile broadband that lets users put their world of content, services and connectivity in their pocket.
At a press conference today in Brussels, Omega Pharma presented the E-Waves Phone Chip which claims to neutralize the potentially harmful radiation related to mobile phone use.
When using mobile phones, artificial electromagnetic radiation is generated which interferes with the natural electromagnetic field. For high-frequency radiation in particular, there is a growing international consensus that regular exposure can be potentially harmful.
Flemish actress Martine Jonckheere (picture right) participated in a test in which it was demonstrated that the neutralizing effect of the E-Waves Phone Chip also considerably reduced the warming of the brains during mobile phone use.
The E-Waves Phone Chip will be exclusively distributed by Omega Pharma and is available as of December, 10 2008 in Belgian pharmacies. Other countries will follow soon.
Broadcom Corporation today announced the availability of its newest wireless combination chip that enables mobile phones to support more media and data applications without impacting size or battery life.
By integrating Broadcom's industry leading 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM technologies on a single silicon die, the new combo solution offers far more functionality than any other single-chip wireless solution on the market. The highly integrated Broadcom® chip also provides significant cost, size, power and performance advantages over discrete semiconductor implementations, making it ideal for handheld electronics.
Combination chips have gained tremendous traction as more manufacturers add multiple wireless features to mobile phones and other handheld devices, and will account for nearly one-third of all wireless connectivity solutions shipped in 2012.
Broadcom Corporation today announced a new combination chip that integrates a complete Bluetooth Version 2.1 + enhanced data rate (EDR) baseband, radio and software, along with a high performance FM stereo radio transceiver, on a single piece of silicon.
This next generation host controller interface (HCI) solution targeted for mobile devices adds FM transmit capabilities, enhanced voice and stereo audio processing, and industry-leading embedded software functionality. All of these advanced capabilities are delivered on a 65 nanometer (65 nm) chip that saves power and space.
The new Broadcom BCM2049 combo chip enables leading mobile handset makers to continue driving the rapid growth of the "music phone" category by expanding upon the basic features of their lower tier products, while delivering a compelling music experience to their customers. The BCM2049 features SmartAudio voice processing and Bluetooth radio enhancements that improve voice quality and the range of mono-headset connections.