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New chip to give feature phones smartphone like powers

With the chip, feature phones can have JAVA, Internet, GPS, high-def video player, 5 MP cam, 3D and Flash.

Feature phones have many features, but so far they have lacked processing powers. Spreadtrum Communications, a semiconductor company based out of China, has claimed that it has developed a new chip set that will address this problem.

The chip set based on ARM9 CPU will offer JAVA, Internet access, GPS navigation, high-definition video player, a 5 megapixel camera, 3D and Flash user interface and more in feature phones.

This high performance multimedia mobile phone solution, called as the SC6800H, will provide processing power that is currently found in entry level smartphones.

The company claims that this product, which features enhanced application and multimedia processing capabilities, is designed to meet customers’ growing demand for video, photo, music, games and other entertainment requirements within the mid-end multimedia mobile phone market.

The SC6800H is more than twice as fast as ARM7 based chips. Its ARM9EJ-S processor core with multimedia and GPU engine would provide an enhanced user experience in a mid-end feature phone.

It would enable HVGA (640 x 240) screen resolution with a fashionable user interface, such as the 3D UI and Flash UI, further improving the user experience.

In terms of communication, the SC6800H integrates multi-SIM card engine and controller, which enable dual SIM standby, triple SIM standby and Quad SIM standby solutions, in a set of baseband and RF chipset.

Furthermore, the SC6800H provides interfaces for a number of mainstream peripheral components such as WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and analog TV.

Leo Li, Spreadtrum’s president and chief executive officer, said, “In line with our commitment to delivering innovative technology in order to help customers differentiate their products, the SC6800H provides handset manufacturers a powerful and stable mobile phone solution that we believe will be an attractive and essential platform for the emerging mobile business.”

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