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Silicon Laboratories to power GSM Treo 600

Mon Jul 28, 2003 - 3:51 PM EDT - By Michael Ducker

From the press release:

"Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq:SLAB) today announced that Handspring, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAND), a leading innovator in personal communications products, has adopted Silicon Laboratories' Aero(TM) GSM/GPRS transceiver for its new Treo 600 Communicator. Using Silicon Laboratories' patented 100 percent CMOS Aero transceiver, the Handspring Treo 600 is among the first commercially available quad-band GSM/GPRS mobile phones that combine a cell phone, digital camera, organizer, email and web-browsing functionality into one small device.

The highly integrated Aero transceiver was selected by Handspring due to its small size, ease-of-use and reliable performance. The Aero transceiver product family reduces component count up to 85 percent and board space by 75 percent when compared to competing solutions, making it the most integrated multi-band GSM/GPRS transceiver available today.

"The Handspring Treo 600 is a highly integrated smartphone that requires a robust and efficient radio architecture to enable its compact size," said Chris Keating, RF program manager for Handspring, Inc. "The Aero transceiver met our stringent requirements for an RF solution while requiring minimal board space and reducing our design time."

"Silicon Laboratories is dedicated to providing customers with best-in-class RF solutions that simplify their design effort and speed their time-to-market," said Ed Healy, vice president of Silicon Laboratories. "Our highly integrated RF solution is ideal for cutting-edge devices like the Treo Communicator because our simple-to-use RF transceiver allows customers to focus their resources on innovation of new functions and features for their products."

The Aero transceiver product family integrates sensitive components including all RF and IF voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), all loop filters, clock coupling capacitors and all VCO tuning components. The Aero and Aero I transceivers also integrate the digitally-controlled crystal oscillator (DCXO) that permits the use of a standard 13/26 MHz crystal instead of a VC-TCXO module to provide the RF transceiver reference clock. The Aero transceiver uses a software programmable universal baseband interface allowing handset designers to implement the Aero transceiver with all leading basebands. Fully compliant with GPRS Class 12 requirements, the Aero transceiver product family provides high-speed data communications to the mobile computing environment."

Previously in our FCC article we reported that Broadcom would power the Treo 600 based on the photos the FCC gave. It is not known if the Aero chip supports EDGE data services.

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