Analog Devices, Inc., a leader in semiconductors used in signal processing applications, and TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. announced today the establishment of a joint development laboratory dedicated to the design of wireless handsets based on the 2G, 2.5G, EDGE and 3G standards.
TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. is one of the world's fastest-growing suppliers of mobile phones and recently ranked fourth in the annual Asia-Pacific Technology Fast 500. The establishment of the new center marks a continuation of the collaboration between TCL and Analog Devices–many of TCL's GSM/GPRS mobile phones now in mass production are powered by Analog Devices SoftFone baseband chipset and Othello direct conversion radio and software provided by TTPCom Ltd of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
As part of the joint development agreement, a new laboratory facility in Huizhou, China, will be operational on March 1, 2004 and staffed by experienced employees from both companies. Additional staff will be hired over time. In addition, Analog Devices will become the major supplier of chipsets for TCL's phones, which will be sold worldwide. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.