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IXI Mobile and Texas Instruments Introduce Feature Phone Reference Design Based on IXI Connect OS™ and TI’s OMAP™ Platform
New GPRS Reference Design Enables Mass Market Feature Phones
Incorporating PMG Technology
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and DALLAS, Texas (Feb. 19, 2004) -- Wireless equipment manufacturers can now more quickly deliver feature phones with the help of a new complete reference package and software development framework. The IXI-Connect OS™ operating system now runs on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NYSE: TXN) high-performance, low-power OMAP™ processors and GPRS technology, IXI and TI announced today.
IXI-Connect OS enables mobile operators and phone manufacturers to develop their own User Interface (UI) and to upgrade phones over-the-air by downloading new UI, wireless protocols, drivers and applications. It also features Personal Mobile Gateway (PMG) technology that enables always-on wireless data connectivity for phone companion devices.
"This new reference design showcases the strengths of TI's complete wireless solutions and IXI’s innovative software architecture for mass market feature phones powered by PMG technology," said Amit Haller, president and CEO of IXI. "Utilizing IXI-Connect OS and TI's leading-edge technologies, the new reference design will make the transition from product concept to production fast and simple for handset manufacturers. We will see the TI OMAP platform extending from smart phones to mass market feature phones."
Manufacturers also benefit from TI's extensive wireless systems solutions and broad base of OMAP software developers who are creating new, innovative applications targeting TI's OMAP platform and complete family of TCS Chipsets.
“IXI-Connect OS, along with TI’s TCS2600 Chipset, is an ideal choice as a low-cost, high-performance platform for PMG devices, enabling new services and increased productivity via connected companion devices,” said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and general manager for Cellular Systems. “We are delighted to add IXI-Connect OS to the list of operating systems supported by the OMAP platform, and look forward to the deployment of innovative PMG-based devices using TI OMAP processors.”
The reference design is based on TI's TCS2600 Chipset featuring the OMAP 730 single-chip, second generation GSM GPRS integrated digital baseband and dedicated applications processor. The Chipset also includes key 2.5G building blocks and TI’s BRF6100 Bluetooth Chipset, as well as complete software solutions with protocol stacks for fast product development.
Texas Instruments - Making Wireless
TI is the leading manufacturer of wireless semiconductors, delivering the heart of today's wireless technology and building solutions for tomorrow. TI provides a breadth of silicon and software and 15 years of wireless systems expertise that spans handsets and base stations for all communications standards, wireless LAN, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband. TI offers custom to turn-key solutions, including complete chipsets and reference designs, OMAP application processors, as well as core digital signal processor and analog technologies built on advanced semiconductor processes. Please visit www.ti.com/wirelesspressroom for additional information.
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A PMG phone combines cellular (e.g. GSM/GPRS, EDGE, CDMA, etc.) and short distance wireless (e.g. Bluetooth or other technologies like WiFi), with micro-router and micro-server functionalities. It is the point of connection between the wireless network and the new category of affordable and best-of-breed mobile devices (PMG Companion devices) for consumers. The software on the PMG can be upgraded over-the-air by mobile operators, decreasing the frequency of device replacement and extending the life and value of the PMG. PMG, adopted by several device manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide has been the brainchild of IXI Mobile, the creators of IXI-Connect OS.
IXI Mobile, Inc.
IXI develops mobile communications software for PMG® phones and PMG® Companion devices. The IXI-Connect OS operating system enables mobile operators and phone manufacturers to develop their own UI (User Interface) and upgrade phones over the air by downloading new UI, protocols, drivers and applications. IXI’s customers include mobile operators, service providers and device manufacturers. IXI was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. IXI is privately held and backed by China Development Industrial Bank, Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures, Intel, Gemini Funds, Texas Instruments and TLCom Capital Partners. For more information about the company and its products, please visit www.ixi.com.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
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