CML aims latest chips at datacomms market

CML aims latest chips at datacomms market
David Manners Consumer Microcircuits (CML) of Witham is launching a bunch of chips aimed at the emerging markets of wireless datacomms, global tone generation and caller ID chips. One is a chip which ascertains and transmits the caller’s ID to the new telephones which contain a display for that purpose. It also transmits ‘call waiting’ ID. The chip will be sampled in the third quarter. The company – at 30 years-old, the UK’s first fabless chip company – is preparing a single-chip GMSK modem, to be designated CMX 589A, with a target data rate of 160kbit/s for wireless LAN and modems, portable data terminals, a low-power (3V or 5.5V) datalink for PCs, laptops and printers or for wireless bar-code readers and stock controllers. CML’s first product, back in 1968, was a tone controlled switch for toys. The company’s direction switched to telecoms and is now focused on emerging markets such as its range of low power telemetry modems designed for remote meter reading, and baseband processors for digital mobile radio products.


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