G4 Mobile on its Way

(16 Oct 2008, BWCS Staff)

A powerful consortium of Japanese manufacturers has combined with mobile giant NTT DoCoMo to jointly develop the new SH-Mobile G4 single-chip LSI device. The companies: Renesas Technology, Fujitsu and Sharp Corporation, will together with DoCoMo also develop a platform incorporating the G4 into various mobile standards, including HSUPA, HSDPA, W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The platform is expected to be ready by the end of March 2010.

The new SH-Mobile G4 will support HSUPA to boost uplink speeds to a maximum of 5.7Mbps which is around 15 times faster than the conventional 384kbps speeds experienced currently with 3G. According to press reports the new phones will be made using 45-nm process technology which will enable highly integrated functions and extra-fast processing. It will provide enhanced functionality and improved performance for applications handling HD video and 3-D graphics.

NTT DOCOMO and Renesas began joint development work on the SH-Mobile G series of single-chip LSI devices back in 2004. The SH-Mobile G4, as its name suggests, will be the fourth product to emerge from this collaboration. Fujitsu and Sharp have since joined DoCoMo and Renesas as partners in the development of mobile phone platforms. By using the new platforms, mobile phone manufacturers say they can eliminate the need to develop basic functions independently, significantly reducing development time and costs. This allows them to invest more time and resources in developing distinctive handset features and expanding their product portfolios.

Renesas plans to provide the platform to the worldwide mobile phone market, in addition to customers in Japan.


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