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REFERENCE DESIGN: TI WANDA to be picked up by Taiwanese chip-makers
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 02.07.03 - 11:16:30 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6853x
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Do you remember the Texas Instruments reference design called "WANDA" which was introduced earlier this year on CTIA Wireless?

It's a family of concepts for integrating wireless into the chipset and also include a tri-wireless PDA concept design which integrate TI's wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and GSM/GPRS technologies for simultaneous voice calls, wireless web access and personal area networking.

Now - as Taiwanese DigiTimes reports - it seems as the first chip-maker picked up the complete WANDA design and also are interested in developing a WANDA-based Pocket PC:

NDC also supplies 802.11b modules for Texas Instruments's (TI) WANDA (wireless any-network digital assistant)-codenamed PDA concept design project. The WANDA chipset, based on TI's OMAP processor and Microsoft Windows-Powered Pocket PC software, enables manufacturers to make a handset or handheld device that integrates WLAN, Bluetooth, GSM and GPRS networks. Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) and Japan's Taiyo Yuden provide GSM and Bluetooth modules, respectively.

It is expected that a WANDA PDA may be launched before year-end.

Cheers ~ Arne

Related Links : [WANDA Specification] [DigiTimes Story]


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Posted by Matt Suderman on 05.07.03 - 04:32:15

My credit card is out already...THIS is the device we've been waiting for....small, integrated GPRS phone, maybe wi-fi....

Posted by Sam Payrovi on 15.07.03 - 06:33:22

I was very disappointed to hear that the iPaq 5600 series had been scrapped, but this seems to be even better and I've heard rumors that it'll be fairly inexpensive in comparison to similar, lesser models. I can't wait...but who's gonna pick it up?

Posted by Stephon Johnson on 25.07.03 - 14:19:00

Did Chi Mei Communication and Taiyo Yuden company pick up the "WANDA" design from TI and when will the product be out?

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