Fujitsu, Japan Radio to jointly develop W-CDMA systems

Fujitsu Ltd. and Japan Radio Co. Ltd. (JRC) will work together on development of core technologies for third-generation (3G) W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) handsets, the two companies announced Wednesday.

They have established a new company, FJ Mobile Core Technologies Co. Ltd., to carry out the joint research and development, which will start later this month and focus on both software and hardware development linked to the core chip technology in the handsets, said Bob Pomeroy, a spokesman for Fujitsu, which will contribute 70 percent of the company's starting capital.

"We've been developing this technology and this will give us additional resources to help do this more quickly," said Pomeroy. He said the main thrust behind the deal is the expected increase in development speed. "It would also help us to do it (develop the technology) more cost-effectively as well."

The new company will be based in Yokosuka, a city just outside of Tokyo that is also home to NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s research and development laboratories. Fujitsu recently announced plans to consolidate its 3G research in Yokosuka. Both companies currently manufacture cellular telephones for second-generation networks and are preparing W-CDMA compatible models for use with NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s new 3G network, which is expected to be switched on in Tokyo in late May.

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