Sunday, November 11, 2007

Qualcomm Announces Lower Cost, More Energy Efficient HSDPA Chips

Qualcomm introduced its lower cost "Mobile Station Modem" (MSM) MSM6246 HSDPA and MSM6290 HSUPA chipsets. The products, sampling now, are designed to enable devices that break new price barriers for HSDPA and HSUPA handsets. The two chipsets also feature new power-saving features that will enable better performance and longer battery life, with standby time of more than 37 days, according to the company.

The MSM6246 chipset will support 3.6 Mbps HSDPA. The MSM6290 HSUPA chipset supports speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on the downlink and 5.76 Mbps on the uplink, tapping into the surge in popularity of applications such as social networking and user-generated multimedia sharing. The two products are drop- in replacements for each other, with power management, software and RF compatibility. Both products interface with the RTR6285 single-chip CMOS transceiver.

The MSM6246 HSDPA also chipset features 3 megapixel camera support, QVGA video playback, integrated Assisted-GPS and high-speed USB support. The MSM6290 HSUPA chipset features 5 megapixel camera support, WQVGA video playback, integrated Assisted-GPS, 3D graphics and high-speed USB support.

In addition, the two products both feature 10mm x 10mm package sizes that represent a nearly 50 percent reduction in package footprint from previous- generation baseband solutions.