Icera Livanto(R) Powers Softbank Mobile HSDPA Data Card



    Adaptive Wireless(TM) Solution Delivers Japan's Highest Performance
    Cellular Broadband System

    BRISTOL, England, June 5 /CNW/ - Icera Inc., the cellular wireless
semiconductor company, today announced its Livanto(R) ICE8020 wireless soft
modem IC and Adaptive Wireless(TM) technology, are shipping in the SoftBank
Connect Card C01SI. Launched June 1st 2007, the SoftBank C01SI, which has been
developed by Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), is the world's first Type 3
advanced receiver HSDPA data card, offering simultaneous receive diversity and
MMSE equalization. Operating on the SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. (formerly Vodafone
K.K.) network in Japan, it delivers peak download speeds of 3.6Mbps enabled by
Icera's Adaptive Wireless(TM) technology.
    Stan Boland, President and CEO of Icera, said: "We are delighted to have
partnered with SII, which has contributed important integration and
miniaturization expertise, to achieve the first Type 3 HSDPA compact flash
data card for SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan. This product launch is a significant
milestone for Icera and strong endorsement of our leading-edge technology.
SOFTBANK MOBILE wanted the highest performance user equipment for its HSDPA
service and our Livanto(R) wireless soft modem technology out-performs any
other commercially available baseband solution. We look forward to developing
our business in Japan, the most advanced cellular market in the world, with
further innovation and performance."
    Hiroshi Ohta, Executive Vice President, Product & Service Development
Division, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp., said: "SOFTBANK MOBILE's business relies on
providing breakthrough wireless broadband performance. The SoftBank Connect
Card C01SI is enabling us to bring the most advanced 3.5G solution to our
customers who demand the highest speed, reliable cellular services. We are
delighted to be the launch customer for the most advanced HSDPA data card in
the world."
    Takaaki Yamamoto, Division Manager, Mobile Communication Systems
Division, SII, said: "Only Icera's Livanto(R) wireless soft modem made it
possible for us to create Japan's highest performance HSDPA system solution in
the smallest form factor. The result is the SoftBank Connect Card C01SI, which
we are proud to see successfully launched on the SOFTBANK MOBILE network."
    Receive diversity and equalization have been shown to significantly
enhance modem performance in HSPA categories and the 3GPP specification sets
out performance requirements based on these techniques as follows:

    
    - Enhanced Type 1 defines performance for UEs which utilize
      receive diversity

    - Enhanced Type 2 defines performance for UEs which utilize chip
      level equalization

    - Enhanced Type 3 defines performance for UEs which utilize receive
      diversity and chip level equalization
    

    Livanto(R) ICE8020 is the world's only Enhanced Type 3 solution for
3.6Mbps HSDPA.
    Icera's technology - the Livanto(R) wireless soft modem - is a disruptive
new architecture for mobile phones and datacards. Together with Icera's
Adaptive Wireless(TM) software, Livanto(R) delivers the world's highest
performance cellular broadband via the latest version of the 3G air interface
standard, HSDPA, enabling consumers to download large email files with
attachments, speedily access web pages and download music tracks over the air
in seconds.
    Since the physical layer and protocols are all in Adaptive Wireless(TM)
software, advanced receivers and diversity support are delivering dramatic
performance advantages in HSDPA, doubling sector capacity and halving baseband
costs. Already supporting 2.5G standards, GSM, GPRS and EDGE, Livanto(R) will
be developed for additional air interfaces, including HSUPA, which can be
consolidated on the same device.
    The fundamental new soft architecture of Livanto(R) breaks the vicious
cycle of handset availability lagging infrastructure for new standards. As
well as being amongst the first to market with a 3.6Mbps HSDPA solution, Icera
aims to drive the availability of faster and more complex standards through
software upgrades on the same Livanto(R) device - but without the time and
cost of developing, verifying and manufacturing new silicon. OEMs can deliver
the same terminal, tailored to the standards and features of different
geographic or consumer markets through software instead of hardware changes,
quickly and easily. After sale, they can be field-upgraded as new
infrastructure is rolled-out: a revolution in handset communications
technology.

    About Icera

    Icera has developed a disruptive new architecture for cellular phones,
cellular datacards and cellular modems, the Livanto(R) wireless soft modem and
Adaptive Wireless(TM) software. Founded in 2002, Icera is headquartered in the
UK, with design locations in Bristol and Cambridge UK and Sophia Antipolis,
France, sales offices in Japan and the US and representative support in Korea.
For more information, visit http://www.icerasemi.com.




For further information:

For further information: Sally Doherty, Icera, Tel: +44-1454-284859,
Email: sally@icerasemi.com

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