Freescale Slims Down 3G Phones
Jul 26, 2006, 2:23 PM by (staff)
Freescale has announced a new manufacturing technique that could reduce the bulk of 3G phones. The new manufacturing process reduces the bulk of a 3G chipset by up to 30%. Freescale's new package includes all the processors and components necessary to run a 3G phone in a 1 inch square package. Unlike many methods which typically use more expensive or less reliable processes to shrink cell phone chipsets, the technology Freescale uses claims to be less expensive and more advanced. Thus the company claims it will not only shrink the size of 3G phones, but also the cost. Freescale often announces chipsets up to a year before they are ready, and does not expect phones with these chipsets to be available until 2008.
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