Silicon Labs has come up with a new chip AeroFone, that combines “a quad band transceiver, baseband processor, ARM controller, power management, and other analog processing.” This is the kind of chip that will make the $50 phone possible, and basically get millions of Indians and Chinese wirelessly enabled. Motorola is betting big on this market. On the chip side of things, Silicon Labs will be competing with everyone from Texas Instruments, Freescale, Agere and Infineon. “This is low enough to allow large operators in China or India to put up towers in less wealthy provinces and be able to offer cellular phone service,”writes Erick Broockman on his blog. This new chip is generating a lot of excitement on Wall Street. Check out SLAB stock performance in recent days.
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