Motorola, Siemens in Chip Deal
Siemens AG on Monday announced that it plans to buy chips and software from rival Motorola Corp. for upcoming 3G cell phonesSiemens AG on Monday announced that it plans to buy chips and software from rival Motorola Corp. for upcoming 3G cell phones. The phones will use Motorolas i.300 Innovative Convergence platform, which uses UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) technology. Phones based on the platform are due early in 2004, said officials at Siemens in Munich. The i.300 platform includes Motorolas Dragonball processors.
In the meantime, Motorola plans to provide Siemens with entire handsets by the end of 2002. The first such device that Siemens intends to sell this year will be a re-branded version of the Motorolas A820, a dual-mode UMTS phone that includes multimedia messaging, a video camera, and support for the Bluetooth wireless protocol.