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UbiNetics and Hitachi partner to develop 3G chip-sets

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technology firms join forces to meet surging demand from 3G device manufacturer

UbiNetics has signed a global development and licensing agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. to help it develop a 3G/GSM radio frequency chip (RFIC).

UbiNetics, a supplier of 3G technology and testing solutions, will jointly develop and license the system level design of the RFIC to Hitachi. In turn, Hitachi will sell the new chips to its customers, which include the world's leading handset manufacturers.

The multi-mode solution incorporates GSM, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS technology, so it is highly cost-effective for manufacturers.

"The 3G market represents an enormous growth opportunity for Hitachi. However, given the complexity of the technology, we needed to work with a specialist to develop the best possible solutions for our customers," said Kunio Kobayashi, general manager of Radio Frequency Device Division, Multi-Purpose Semiconductor Business Unit, Semiconductor and Integrated Circuits, Hitachi, Ltd.

"UbiNetics was the only global supplier of chip-set solutions that had made sufficient investments to meet our stringent quality requirements. Furthermore, its highly experienced team of engineers demonstrated world-leading systems knowledge," added Kobayashi.

"Whilst there have been some much-publicised delays in 3G deployments, most operators are well on the way to completing their network build-outs. It is not a case of if 3G will arrive - it is here already. This is why leading device manufactures are making significant investments now to meet consumer demand when the first networks go live in Europe later this year," said Bjrn Krylander, CEO of UbiNetics.

"Hitachi will undoubtedly be one of the leading suppliers of chip-set solutions to this burgeoning industry. Therefore, its decision to partner with UbiNetics and develop 3G chip-set solutions is not only great news for us, but also a very positive sign for the industry as whole," added Krylander.