New Bluetooth and WiFi Integrated Mobile Solution
Philips Electronics has announced a new low power, dual Bluetooth and 802.11b WiFi system on a single chip. The solution is specifically designed for concurrent wireless use in handhelds and smartphones.
Both WLAN and Bluetooth technologies use the same frequency spectrum, which must be shared effectively for both technologies to be used at the same time. Philips has developed specialized hardware and software that is embedded in its WLAN and Bluetooth package to meet this challenge. This means a consumer can use a mobile phone equipped with a Bluetooth wireless headset to make a call while using the same phone to simultaneously check information on the Internet via a WLAN network - without experiencing interference
The new SiP technology from Philips allows essentially all of the components needed for a complete WLAN or Bluetooth subsystem to be contained in a single semiconductor package, and it results in significant space savings.
"The size reduction advantage, the extremely low power consumption and the coexistence technology for 802.11 and Bluetooth create a compelling combination for a wide range of mobile devices," said Paul Marino, vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Philips Semiconductors. "We expect that these WLAN/Bluetooth capabilities will contribute to a dramatic change in the way people use their phones and PDAs, and help to drive increased revenues to service providers."
"The market for converged mobile devices, which will surpass 20 million units in 2004, has demonstrated strong growth potential as consumers continue to show interest in improved devices combining data and telephony capabilities," said David Linsalata, analyst, IDC. "This growth will be driven by evolutions in form factor, pricing and power consumption, made possible in part by advances in chip technology from vendors such as Philips."
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