QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a new digital chipset and system software solution that facilitates the development of CDMA handheld devices suitable for wireless Internet services and applications. The Mobile Station Processor 1000 (MSP1000(TM)) solution is a microprocessor system capable of performing the functions associated with personal digital assistant (PDA) applications and is intended for either stand-alone PDA implementations or as a companion processor to a variety of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM(TM)) chipsets for smartphone or wireless communicator products. The MSP1000 solution, which will improve manufacturers' time-to-market and aid in lowering program costs, is also suitable for use in a wide range of other specialized applications, including wireless gaming, automotive, video and navigation.
The MSP1000 chipset and system software is part of QUALCOMM's complete wireless Internet solution and complements QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad(TM) suite, which enables a broad range of new terminal products, applications and Internet services, including advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality.
"The MSP1000 represents QCT's ongoing responsiveness to our customers' interest in creating next-generation wireless Internet products for broad consumer markets," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "As the number and variety of Internet and multimedia applications increases, mobile devices will need the processing resources and embedded functionality we have incorporated into this chipset. Designed from a complete system perspective, in both the hardware and software, QCT's MSP1000 solution will enhance wireless device performance and provide a richer user experience."
The MSP1000 chipset is designed to satisfy the needs of the manufacturers who require high-performance processing capabilities, low cost and minimum power consumption. It is targeted for Internet-centric mobile applications that run a third-party operating system, Java, an HTML browser, Moving Pictures Experts Group-4 (MPEG-4) decoder or other resource-intensive applications. Through very fast shared memory, the MSP1000 chipset interfaces with QCT's family of MSM chipsets for multimedia applications and third-generation (3G)1x Evolution (1xEV) (based on High Data Rate) services. By simply selecting a different MSM chipset from QCT's pin-compatible MSM roadmap, manufacturers can develop a variety of platforms with distinct feature sets, all from a single system design.
The MSP1000 chipset supports the most popular handheld operating systems, including Symbian, Microsoft Windows(R) CE and Pocket PC, MicroITRON and other proprietary systems. Incorporated in the MSP1000 chipset is an ARM720T(TM) processor core which features an eight kilobyte cache, write buffer and memory management unit, together with several highly integrated peripherals: LCD controller for color or monochrome requirements with on-chip frame buffer, touchscreen controller, Multimedia Card and SDRAM controllers. The MSP1000 chipset will be offered in a 208 Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) package. QCT is developing system software to enhance the MSP1000's functions and to provide a tightly integrated interface to the MSM family of chipsets. These enhancements include additional Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for multimedia applications plus a translation layer between third-party operating systems and QCT's physical device drivers. The expanded capabilities of QCT's system software will enable device manufacturers to easily develop a single system design that incorporates one or several operating systems that support advanced applications for a variety of platforms.
Sample shipments of the MSP1000 chipset, system software and development board are scheduled for Q4 2000.
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