Indian vendors roll out wireless technology |  Software

Anticipating a rebound in some segments of the wireless communications industry as users get interested in new technology, Indian vendors are rolling out wireless software and products targeted at these segments.

India has emerged as a key location for multinational companies wanting to license wireless software. Taking advantage of the availability of low cost and skilled manpower for software development in the country, Indian companies develop wireless software and products that they license to multinational wireless equipment and semiconductor vendors.

This week, Bangalore-based Bluetooth solutions vendor Impulsesoft Private Ltd. announced the release of reference designs for a wireless stereo headset, and a plug-in device that enables current audio systems to transmit wirelessly stereo-quality audio to other wireless devices like stereo headsets.

"Compared to last year, we are seeing much improved traction in the Bluetooth space," said Baskar Subramaniam, Impulsesoft's chief technology officer. "The customer leads are coming from terminal makers, contract manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers and service providers. Customers are seeking newer applications, particularly in the consumer electronics and automotive space."

The two new product launches this week are expected to translate into revenue in the next two quarters, he added. Although it started as a vendor of plain-vanilla Bluetooth protocol stacks, Impulsesoft this year moved into products built around the software stacks.

Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd., a Bangalore-based provider of embedded wireless software also announced this week that it would provide a MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services) client and other mobile multimedia applications, optimized for the PCA (Personal Internet Client Architecture) platform from Intel Corp. in Santa Clara. Sasken's MMS client is designed to enable handset makers to add video capabilities when the market opportunity arises, according to Pranabh Mody, head of the terminal device solutions business division at Sasken.

"Most of the MMS clients available in the market today are not designed with scalability in mind," added Mody. "They begin and end with sending pictures combined with some text. In most cases, the architecture does not permit addition of codecs, say video codecs, at a later stage."

Wipro Technologies, a division of Bangalore-based Wipro Ltd., has also introduced protocol stacks and other technology for the 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) markets.

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