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Infineon picks up LSI mobile unit for $450M

Infineon Technologies AG will purchase LSI Corp.'s mobile products unit for $450 million in cash, the companies announced.LSI merged with Agere Systems in April and cut the deal with Infineon to focus on growth in its storage systems and networking chip business, according to...

Mosaid to pay $70M for Wi-Fi, WiMAX patents

Mosaid Technologies Inc. announced it will pay around $70 million to chipmaker Agere Systems for patents covering Wi-Fi and WiMAX technology."Agere invited more than 70 companies to bid on this portfolio of intellectual property assets, which includes several inventions patented by engineers working for...

Squeezing 3G into that 2G dress: Handset’s waistline and costs need to mimic previous generation

Motorola Inc.'s recent, sobering earnings report came with a number of explanations of how the American vendor would turn things around. Motorola executives mentioned, among several factors, their portfolio mix-and the role of 3G in a higher-average selling price, higher-margin mix of handsets. Ed...

2007: Beyond voice, substitution on steroids

Time was when the wireless industry's major, marketshaping impact in the telecom sphere was defined by the number of mobile phones that became substitutes for landline telephones, which historically consumers have relied on for day-to-day communications.Just as Ma Bell back in the day grossly...

The incredible shrinking handset:: Fashion demands thin, but limits remain

The oft-repeated statement-"thin is in"-like many obvious axioms, tends to mask nuance. What exactly is this quality that appears to rule the current landscape for fashion phones? Ask a variety of industry sources for perspective on "thin"-a somewhat elusive, qualitative attribute-and, not surprisingly, the...

LSI snaps up Agere for around $4B

MILPITAS, Calif.-Chipmaker LSI Logic Corp. jumped into the wireless arena by scooping up Agere Systems Inc., a mobile phone chip producer. LSI develops chips for hard drives and DVD recorders, while Agere competes in the communications chip market against powerhouses such as Texas Instruments...

Sizing up the semiconductor beast

Trying to form a sense of the sprawling chip market for mobile phones is akin to getting a tape measure around an elephant's waist. With dozens of players and product types, the chip industry that enables the fantastic functions of today's mobile phones is...

StarCore exits chip efforts

AUSTIN, Texas-StarCore L.L.C. is closing up shop due to a lack of success in licensing its early digital signal processor family of chips. The company had hoped to challenge Texas Instruments Inc.'s leadership position in the DSP market. The shutdown is set for Aug....

StarCore shuttering chip efforts

AUSTIN, Texas—StarCore L.L.C. is closing up shop due to a lack of success in licensing its early digital signal processor family of chips. The company had hoped to eventually challenge Texas Instruments Inc.’s leadership position in the DSP market. The shutdown is set for...

Agere suite targets voice, data and TV

CHICAGO-Agere Systems launched a suite of chips and software called TrueONE during the Globalcomm trade show last week, saying the new solutions are designed to deliver voice, data, and both Internet Protocol TV and high-definition TV services to homes, businesses and mobile users over...

Agere releases new wireless infrastructure chip line

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Chip vendor Agere Systems today released its new TrueAdvantage line of products, which the company said would save carriers millions of dollars by combining second- and third-generation network technology in one box. The company-which sells its semiconductor offerings to the likes of L.M....

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Signal ReachNational Cellular and Signal Reach introduced a new antenna coupler the companies said can attach to any mobile phone and improve the phone's signal reception. The coupler attaches to the phone with Velcro and then can be plugged into an external antenna or...

Agere acquires Modern-Art for $145M

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Agere Systems Inc. said it has acquired Modern-Art Ltd., a privately held maker of processor technology for UMTS devices.The purchase cost Agere $145.1 million in cash and stock."This acquisition is a milestone in an 18-month relationship from which we have already successfully launched...

Agere releases UMTS/EDGE handset chipset

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Agere Systems Inc. said its Sceptre HPU solution is now generally available.The chipset and software solution for dual-mode UMTS/EDGE multimedia mobile handsets enables seamless handovers between third-generation/UMTS and 2.5G/EDGE networks, said the company. The product delivers up to 384 kilobits per second downloads...

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LiveBridgeMark Irwin has been promoted to vice president of finance at contact center services company LiveBridge Inc. Irwin joined LiveBridge in 1999 as corporate controller. He directed the company's accounting and finance division.MotorolaMotorola Inc. named Valerie Di Maria corporate vice president of communications and...

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ROK Entertainment Group said its ROK Player allows multimedia memory card-capable mobile phones to play content-loaded multimedia chips on the full screen of their handsets rather than in letterbox formats. "We have already licensed a wide range of content from comedy to music and...

Wi-Fi component becoming integral piece of mobile chips

Wi-Fi is quickly taking the place of integrated cameras and push-to-talk functions as the new hot technology for the handset market. As a result, chipmakers, carriers and handset suppliers are rushing to take advantage of the perceived demand for such converged devices. And the...

Agere offers multimedia framework for handset vendors

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Agere Systems Inc. said it has introduced a technology framework that will allow mobile handset vendors to rapidly develop wireless phones for multimedia applications such as audio and video streaming and playback, video recording, digital photo imaging and downloadable ringtones.The company said it...

Berkana Wireless releases GSM/GPRS reference design kits

CAMPBELL, Calif.-Berkana Wireless Inc. introduced its BKW9000-based radio reference design kits.The kits are designed to speed development of cellular handsets and handhelds based on the BKW9000 line of single-chip quad-band GSM/GPRS CMOS RF transceivers, said the company. The company is offering kits supporting 2.5-generation...

Litigation ends among vendors in two separate suits

DALLAS-Two victors, two vanquished.Broadcom Inc. agreed to take a charge of $27.5 million in settling all outstanding litigation with Agere Systems Inc. In another development, The Delaware Court of Chancery rejected for the second time Qualcomm Inc.'s claims that Texas Instruments Inc. breached both...

Semiconductor segment slows, 5-percent growth predicted for ’05

A year ago, the semiconductor sector seemed on cruise control, while other sectors of telecom had just begun to rev up their economic recovery engines. Quarter after quarter companies reported sequential growth, confirmed by studies reflecting a surge in demand to feed a growing...

Agere to lay off 500

CHICAGO-Chipmaker Agere Systems Inc. said it plans to lay off 500 workers, reflecting a slowdown in the semiconductor market that has hit companies such as Intel Corp. and Philips Semiconductors.The cut will include administrative functions, as well as sales, marketing and product development parts...

Carriers increase infrastructure spending, businesses increase WLAN spending

Both the mobile infrastructure space and wireless local area network arena are heading toward sunnier times, according to reports by the Dell'Oro Group.WLAN is enjoying a big boost with a 75-percent increase in enterprise-class equipment sales. The study also expects that segment to grow...

Agere offers wireless specification proposal to IEEE

ALLENTOWN, Pa.-Agere Systems said it plans to submit a proposal to IEEE this summer for a baseline wireless networking specification that establishes ultra-fast data streams for wireless high-definition TV transmissions and high-density user environments for corporate and retail wireless networks.The proposal calls for a...

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