Sunday, February 11, 2007

TI Launches "LoCosto" Single-Chip for GSM Phones

Texas Instruments launched its third generation GSM solution for the ultra low-cost handset market. The "LoCosto ULC" single-chip platform will reduce electronic bill of materials by up to 25% percent compared to the current generation, and include improvements in voice clarity and loudness; battery life; and support for a range of advanced features, such as enhanced color display, FM stereo, MP3 ring tones, camera, and MP3 playback.

Compared to the current "LoCosto" generation, the TCS2305 and TCS2315 solutions will enable 60 percent longer stand-by time and 30 percent longer talk time, significantly improving handset battery life - a critical requirement in rural areas where access to power infrastructure may be limited. The solutions will also offer a 2X improvement in voice loudness and will include full duplex voice call support to mitigate voice chopping, both of which are necessary in noisy environments.

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