Intel and Mitsubishi develop 3G cellphone chipsets

Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, and Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, and Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp., announced on Wednesday a deal to jointly develop a chipset for use in third-generation cellular phones.

Tokyo, 18 May 2000 - The alliance between Intel and Mitsubishi is aimed at reinforcing their footing in the mobile phone business, which is expected to keep growing rapidly as mobile phones become popular Internet-access terminals in coming years.

Under the agreement, Intel and Mitsubishi will work together to develop and market the new chipset and associated software as Japan deploys new third-generation wireless technology.

Work on the chipset has already begun, and the companies intend to expand their joint development effort to other products using the same chip architecture.

In December, Intel formed a wireless communications and computing group focused on developing chips for computing and wireless communication devices and data applications in the fast-growing cellular market.

Mitsubishi Electric plans to ship more than 25 million cellular phones worldwide in the business year starting 1 April, and aims to raise that number to 60 million by 2003.
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