GCT Semiconductor Chipset Enables First Bluetooth VOIP Cordless Phone
Using an ACL Link, a Bluetooth chip with embedded DSP improves voice quality, reliability, and call volume while lowering power consumption.

September 15, 2003 - San Jose, CA - GCT Semiconductor, Inc., an industry leader in radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits (ICs) for wireless devices, announced that NetCODEC Co., a leading provider of audio/video communication systems and solutions, will be using GCT's Bluetooth chipset and associated software stack to enable its VOB¢â Bluetooth voice over IP (VOIP) solution. The two companies combined expertise to develop the world's first Bluetooth-based cordless VOIP phone.

This industry-first Bluetooth VOIP solution uses the GCT Semiconductor Bluetooth chipset to take advantage of packet-switching technology over an asynchronous connection-less (ACL) link. Offering better voice quality, higher reliability, support for more voice calls, and lower power consumption, this unique solution is expected to drive volume shipments in the Japanese market.

GCT's chipset includes its proven baseband solution (GDM1202) with embedded digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities-which allows speech compression to be performed in the handset instead of in the VOIP station as in competing solutions. It also includes the GDM1002 radio transceiver, which uses GCT's proprietary direct conversion architecture to offer superior channel selectivity.

"GCT was the first company to develop and launch a Bluetooth baseband solution with integrated DSP capability," observes Dr. Kyeongho Lee, President and CEO of GCT Semiconductor. "This has enabled us to achieve innovative design wins, such as the NetCODEC VOB, that require high voice quality and reliability, support for a large number of simultaneous voice calls, low system cost, and low power consumption. Products like our Bluetooth chipset can be used to gain a significant competitive advantage and drive market leadership in the Bluetooth multimedia industry."

Better voice quality and higher reliability are realized in the VOB solution by transmitting data packets over an ACL link (as compared to voice packets over a Synchronous Connection-Oriented (SCO) link). This improved quality and performance in the presence of interference is due to the retransmission and forward error correction (FEC) capabilities of ACL that SCO does not offer.

The new VOB solution simultaneously supports up to seven different calls, as compared to other available products that support only three. As a result, the VOB product significantly increases call capability per unit access point. Because the effective data rate of the VOB using compressed speech is 4 to 10X smaller than that of a conventional scheme using raw data speech, this VOIP solution can reduce power consumption by more than 2X.

Since speech DSP function is processed in the phone using the GCT Bluetooth chipset, the bill of materials (BOM) of the VOB station is kept low because an external high-performance host processor is not required. NetCODEC's family of Bluetooth VOIP products includes the VOB¢â Bluetooth VOIP cordless phone and VOB¢â USB station module.

Leopalace21, the largest apartment chain in Japan and a leading provider of interactive TV services, has already selected the NetCODEC's VOB system for use with its residential video on demand (VOD) set-top box. As a result, Leopalace21 expects to install more than 40,000 VOB systems this year.

About GCT Semiconductor, Inc.
GCT Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets innovative integrated circuit solutions for the wireless communications industry. The company's patented direct conversion architecture, which is the basis for GCT's radio frequency (RF) core, can efficiently support multimode applications and be fabricated on standard CMOS processes. This versatile RF architecture can support many of the wireless communication standards, including CDMA, GSM/GPRS, 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth. The company's web site can be found at www.gctsemi.com

About NetCODEC
NetCODEC Co., Ltd. is a leading provider that manufactures electronic equipments and Internet application software for telecommunication and digital multimedia applications. In addition, the company provides a wide range of IP telephony solutions, including a high performance Bluetooth VoIP phone.

Media Contacts:

Michelle Lee
GCT Semiconductor, Inc.
Phone: (822) 2167-1129
Email: michelle@gctsemi.com

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