Lucent, PacketVideo bring video to mobile devices

The Microelectronics group is seeking to enhance mobile devices, such as mobile phones, wireless terminals and personal digital assistants, so they can offer video capabilities, such as traffic reports and movie previews, said Denis Regimbal, general manager of the wireless semiconductor business unit within Lucent's Microelectronics Group.

PacketVideo's PVPlatform, which is a wireless streaming video delivery system for handheld devices, will be integrated into Lucent's GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and UMTS/EDGE (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services/Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) chip sets. The chip sets will be available during the second half of 2001, said Lucent spokesman Charlie Hartley.

GPRS, EDGE and UMTS are packet-based wireless standards that provide "always on" connections for wireless devices and much faster Internet data transmission than second generation (2G) devices.

GPRS provides a packet transmission system with download speeds of 112Kbps. UMTS is a third generation standard and provides data rates between 384Kbps to 2Mbps. EDGE is a third generation standard, offering data rates of 384Kbps.

PacketVideo's platform provides encoding, transmission and decoding capabilities based on the MPEG (Motion Pictures Expert Group 4) compression standard. Its technology is designed to be device, operating system and air-interface independent.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

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