LONDON Icera Inc.'s Livanto ICE8020 wireless soft modem IC and Adaptive Wireless technology are being used by SoftBank in its Connect Card C01SI.
The SoftBank C01SI, which has been developed by Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), is the world’s first Type 3 advanced receiver high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) data card, offering simultaneous receive diversity and minimum mean-square-error (MMSE) equalization. Operating on the Softbank Mobile Corp. (formerly Vodafone K.K.) network in Japan, it delivers peak download speeds of 3.6Mbits/second.
“This product launch is a significant milestone for Icera and strong endorsement of our leading-edge technology,” said Stan Boland, president and CEO of Icera (Bristol, England). “We look forward to developing our business in Japan, the most advanced cellular market in the world, with further innovation and performance.”
Takaaki Yamamoto, division manager, mobile communication systems division, SII, said, “Only Icera’s Livanto wireless soft modem made it possible for us to create Japan’s highest performance HSDPA system solution in the smallest form factor.”
According to Icera the soft architecture of Livanto breaks the vicious cycle of handset availability lagging infrastructure for new standards. As well as being amongst the first to market with a 3.6Mbps HSDPA solution, Icera aims to drive the availability of faster and more complex standards through software upgrades on the same Livanto device – but without the time and cost of developing, verifying and manufacturing new silicon. OEMs can deliver the same terminal, tailored to the standards and features of different geographic or consumer markets through software instead of hardware changes.