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LUCENT HANDSET DESIGN CUTS DEVELOPMENT TIME

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Lucent Technologies Inc.’s Microelectronics Group said its new Global System for Mobile communications handset design cuts development time by about 60 percent.

Taiwan-based GVC Corp., Lucent’s first GSM Reference Design customer, plans to begin shipping its initial line of handsets-featuring up to 200 hours of standby time and enhanced services-next month.

GVC gained Phase II Full Type Approval for its GSM handsets by adhering to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s conformance test specifications, said Lucent. Phase II FTA includes more enhanced services than Phase I, including short message service, call forwarding and call waiting.

Lucent expects the design package-which is based around the company’s digital signal processor technology and includes all the necessary software, training and support to develop handsets-to be of most interest in China, where GSM subscriber growth is very high.

“With the GSM market growing so rapidly, we can’t wait two years to enter the market with a fully equipped handset,” said David Su, general manager with GVC’s Wireless Communications Business Unit. “Lucent has solved that problem by equipping us with all we need to enter the GSM market swiftly.

“The handset business will be a focus for GVC for many years to come.”

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