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3G Mobile Reference Design Announced

DMEurope reports that Freescale Semiconductor, Nokia and Symbian have announced that they have jointly created a 3G mobile phone reference design, reportedly the world's first such design. The design uses Freescale's single core modem and runs S60 software on Symbian OS. The design is intended to reduce manufacturers' development time to address the mid-tier 3G market.

The design is based on Freescale's MSC300-30 platform, which the US chip maker is showing at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. The design also includes a pre-integrated development and verification environment, saving manufacturers testing time.

Elekotrobit, a wireless technology design and testing company, has implemented the design into a reference phone. With the design and reference phone, handset manufacturers are expected to save a great deal of time and money usually spent on development and testing, which can sometimes take as long as 18 months.

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