Ericsson Mobile Platforms

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Ericsson Mobile Platforms AB
Former type Subsidiary, Aktiebolag
Industry Wireless Semiconductors
Fate Dissolved
Predecessor(s) Ericsson Mobile Communications
Successor(s) ST-Ericsson
Founded 2001-10-01
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Lund, Sweden
Key people Tord Wingren, Sandeep Chennakeshu,[1] Robert Puskaric[2]
Employees 2,100 (as of 2009)
Parent Ericsson

Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP) was the name of a company within the Ericsson group that supplied mobile platforms, i.e. the technological basis on which a cellular phone product can be built. The main office was in Lund, Sweden.

EMP was one of the leading suppliers of 3G technology to various brands of phones. EMP did not manufacture chips themselves, but partnered with manufacturers that made them based on their reference design and Intellectual Property Rights. These chips were then only sold to EMP customers. According to the company, EMP held the world’s largest 2G, 2.5G and 3G IPR portfolio, with more than 20,000 granted patents worldwide.

History[edit]

Due to the European telecom crisis in the beginning of the 2000s, Ericsson Mobile Communications became unprofitable, and was split in two parts: one part was merged with the mobile division of Sony and formed SonyEricsson, aimed at developing mobile terminals for the consumer market.[3]

At the same time, the other part of Ericsson Mobile Communications formed Ericsson Mobile Platforms. Some of their customers were Flextronics, HTC, LG Electronics, NEC, Sagem, Sharp, Amoi and of course SonyEricsson. The main focus of the company was around the development of a mobile platform for the third generation of mobile telephony, UMTS.[4]

At the end of 2004 Ericsson Technology Licensing was de-established, and select parts of that company was folded into Ericsson Mobile Platforms.[5]

October 3, 2008 the company showcased a handheld prototype for LTE (fourth generation mobile telephony). At this time, the company stated that they estimated to have the technology available for the market around the year 2011.[6]

The company existed for 8 years, but February 12, 2009 Ericsson announced that Ericsson Mobile Platforms would be merged with the mobile platform company of STMicroelectronics, ST-NXP Wireless, to create a 50/50 joint venture owned by Ericsson and STMicroelectronics called ST-Ericsson.[7] This joint venture collapsed in 2013 and remaining activities can be found in Ericsson Modems and STMicroelectronics. Ericsson Mobile Platform disappeared as a legal entity early 2009.

Platforms[edit]

The company took over the internal platforms that had been developed in Ericsson Mobile Communications under names such as Sandra, Jane etc., and developed a series of platforms tied to certain specific radio standards:

Platform Introduced Architecture Radio type Ref
G100  ? A1 GSM/GPRS [4]
G250  ? A1 GSM/GPRS [4]
E100  ? A1 EDGE [4]
E150  ? A1 EDGE [4]
E200 2005 A1 EDGE+GSM/GPRS [4]
U100 2002 A1 UMTS [4][8]
U250  ? A1 UMTS [4]
U300 2006 A2 UMTS, EDGE, GSM/GPRS [4]
U350/U360  ? A2 HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GSM/GPRS [4]

The third generation (3G)[edit]

In 2001, Ericsson Mobile Platforms became one of the first companies to license 3G technology platforms to mobile phone manufacturers. EMP was the first platform provider to have commercially launched handsets containing their WCDMA, EDGE and GPRS technologies.

By 2006, manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Amoi, Sagem, Sharp, LG, Samsung, and NEC, had signed licence agreements with EMP.

For 2006 Ericsson Mobile Platforms started deliveries of the U350 and U360 platforms, which was the smallest HSDPA/EDGE platforms yet. U350 is a quad-band EDGE and single-band HSDPA platform, whereas the U360 adds triple-band HSDPA capabilities.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ericsson Unit Names New President; Sandeep Chennakeshu will lead the phonemaker's Mobile Platforms division
  2. ^ Ericsson appoints new Regional Head
  3. ^ "Ericsson - press release". Cision Wire. Retrieved 2001-10-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mikael Kornby (2005). "The EMP Story". Ericsson Review (Ericsson AB) (1). Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Ericsson is Not Walking Away From Bluetooth". Ericsson Technology Licensing. 2004-09-01. Archived from the original on 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ Johan Wessman (2008-10-03). "Vägen mot framtiden". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  7. ^ ST-Ericsson born as wireless-semiconductor industry leader
  8. ^ "Ericsson Mobile Platform U100 - the world’s first verified UMTS platform (LZT 901 0358 R1A)" (Press release). Ericsson Mobile Platforms AB. November 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

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