Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

By on May 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

Nokia will launch 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012 — and a few of them will offer dual-core processors. Speaking to Forbes during STMicroelectronics’ analyst day, STMicroelectronics’ CEO Carlo Bozotti confirmed that his company still has “very close relations” with Nokia and that it will be “an important supplier” in Nokia’s future Windows Phone products. A few of Nokia’s phones will be powered by ST-Ericsson’s U8500 system-on-a-chip (SoC) package, which offers support ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processors. Nokia is said to already have a Windows Phone in the works, and while the company has set a 2012 target date for its debut, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has expressed interest in shipping it before the end of 2011. More →

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ST-Ericsson’s PM2300 charges your smartphone in half the time

By on March 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM.

ST-Ericsson’s PM2300 charges your smartphone in half the time

In a blog post today, ST-Ericsson announced a new device that aims to keep your smartphone and tablet off the charger and in your hands for longer periods of time. Simply called the PM2300, the power product promises to charge your device’s standard, Li-Ion battery in half the time it takes current charging mechanisms. The PM2300,which is expected to be available this fall, also uses fewer PCB (printed circuit board) materials. ST-Ericsson lists the device’s selling points as:

  • Charges the battery at 3A instead of 1.5A max
  • Halves the battery charging time: less than 3h for a 25Ah battery
  • Charge even during intensive use cases: typical intensive use cases consume around 1A

If we can’t have longer lasting batteries, an improved charger that translates into less time tethered to the wall-outlet will have to do. More →

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ST-Ericsson and Ericsson successfully demonstrate LTE to HSPA handoff

By on December 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM.

ST-Ericsson and Ericsson successfully demonstrate LTE to HSPA handoff

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Stockholm, Sweden is the place to be for cutting edge LTE technology. An active LTE network has been deployed and is being extensively used for testing — one of the first successful trials demonstrated the interoperability of LTE and HSPA networks. In the trial, a multi-mode LTE/HSPA device powered by ST-Ericsson’s commercially available M710 platform was used to launch an LTE mobile broadband data call. The call was then successfully transferred from the LTE network to an HSPA network. Sounds like small beans but seamless switching between LTE and HSPA is critical for the smooth transition from our current network technology to LTE, and with this first successful hand-off, we are one small step closer to commercially available LTE. More →

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