WiFi in your phone

A Japanese company has announced a new chip that looks to solve the two biggest obstacles keeping Wi-Fi out of mobile handsets. The company that makes the chip, Alps Electric of Japan, is targeting mobile phones first, but also plans to make the chip for PDAs and cameras. The first phones to feature built-in Wi-Fi should be out by the end of the year, but until chips that solve the power and size problems are available cheaply and in large numbers, Wi-Fi is likely to remain only in the highest-end phones.


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