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SWISS MANUFACTURER CHOOSES VLSI/WAVECOM GSM CONCEPT

SAN JOSE, Calif.-VLSI Technology Inc. and Wavecom S.A. said Swiss manufacturer Ascom is the first manufacturer to launch a handset based on the VLSI/Wavecom Global System for Mobile communications GTI2000 concept.

GTI2000 integrates VLSI’s silicon GSM baseband chipset with Wavecom’s first generation GSM system design, the companies said. The GSM chipset combines analog elements with the digital circuits on the same chip to deliver an integrated baseband solution, VLSI said. The chip’s architecture allows low-power consumption, providing standby times of more than 100 hours.

Ascom recently won GSM Full Type Approval from BZT, a certified German FTA lab. Ascom’s handset models that use the FTA-certified GTI2000 concept are the Ascom Elisto and Ascom Axento.

Customers may choose fully tested and type-approved modules or full technology transfer including FTA and manufacturing support. The companies said GSM manufacturers that base their products on the GTI2000 can be confident that their equipment will meet European Telecommunications Standards Institute performance requirements. Five GTI2000 customers already have passed FTA, the companies added.

“The adoption of our technology by an industry leader such as Ascom gives major endorsement to the quality of VLSI’s GSM technology and Wavecom’s GSM competence in RF, software and systems integration,” said Thierry Laurent, senior vice president and general manager of the VLSI communication products group, based in France.

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