ST-NXP might not be a household name, but they’re under the hood of phones you would recognize. The company has shipped over 120 million EDGE chipsets but knows that the future is in 3G and beyond. That explains the new 7210 UMA chipset the company just announced. They claim it’s the first single chipset solution that combines 3G connectivity with support for UMA, or Unlicensed Mobile Access. UMA is used to seamlessly move cellular phone calls over to wireless networks like WiFi, which benefits consumers by using fewer calling plan minutes. Of course, it helps the carriers too since it offloads traffic from their cellular network.
The 7210 UMA isn’t just a voice and data chipset though. ST-NXP is packaging it in a "Cellular System Solution" for handset makers, offering the following features:
- ARM926-based GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS platform
- Fully integrated 3 Megapixel camera-sensor interface
- Display sizes up to QVGA resolution and 18-bit color
- Video recording and playback: H.263, MPEG-4 30 fps CIF
- Video playback: H.264 15 fps QCIF
- Audio playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
Last I checked, T-Mobile’s UMA service (known as Hotspot @Home) only worked with a few handsets like the BlackBerry Curve and Samsung Katalyst, so perhaps the range of devices will be expanded more quickly based on the news.