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Motorola and Siemens join forces

Motorola and Siemens form relationship to accelerate availability of 3G handsets.

Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (IC Mobile) and Motorola have announced plans to collaborate on the development of 3G handsets. In a joint statement the companies claim to be in the position to, “accelerate market adoption of 3G and make a new, multimedia communication experience available to customers and consumers.”

The companies will work in partnership on the development of Siemens mainstream Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) terminals using Motorola’s i.300 Innovative Convergence 3G platform.

The long-term agreement will see Motorola SPS providing Siemens with the i.300 Innovative Convergence platform including the DragonBall MX microprocessor series, which provides applications with processing and multimedia capabilities. The first UMTS terminals based on the i.300 platform are expected to be available in early 2004.

“Motorola and Siemens are formidable leaders in technology and innovation,” said Edward Breen, president and chief operating officer at Motorola. “As our collaboration enables the more rapid adoption of UMTS networks, this agreement will benefit Siemens, Motorola, our customers and the consumer.”

The first device that Siemens intends to bring to market will be based on Motorola’s A820 and should be available by the end of 2002. Siemens claim the appliance will, “meets a full array of enterprise communication and entertainment needs in one handheld, compact device.” The terminal, which is based on the same technology used to develop the i.300 platform, will combine high-speed voice, data and video capabilities such as MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Multi-call, camera, MP3 player, downloadable ring tones, games and Bluetooth wireless technology.

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