Nokia Plans First Single-Chip GSM Phones
Jan 24, 2005, 12:25 PM by (staff)
Nokia today announced a collaboration with Texas Instruments (TI) to deliver the world's first phones with all major radio and processor functions consolidated onto a single chip. TI's single-chip solution, which reached the sampling stage last month, reduces overall phone cost and size, while increasing battery life. The first single-chip Nokia phones will be voice-centric, entry-level GSM/GPRS models. Existing phones require mutliple chips to handle logic, memory, power management, baseband, analog, and RF processing functions.
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Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
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Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
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Samsung Touts Exynos ModAP Chip
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This solution will enable vendors to put more features into phones (like wifi, gps, bluetooth, multi-mode receivers, or better proces...
Not Single Chip
You still need a PA, power management chip and memory. You'd also need an application processor if you wanted a feature phone.
Now that i've clarified that, i must say i am happy to see this. They've been talking a single chips transceiver since the mid-90's and here it is. I assume its RF CMOS. I wonder how well it performs? Some of the transceiver chips which have been replaced were usualy made from bicmos or bipolar processes which used to offer better performance.
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Gettin' better everyday
More battery life and less expensive. Sign me up.
Don't jump up and down yet. Nokia and TI's first foray into CDMA chips hasn't exactly produced the greatest results according to some analysts (...