Broadcom Chip Could Reduce Phone Prices
Broadcom Corp. has developed a new cell phone chip that may one day cause high-end cell phone handsets to drop dramatically in price, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The 3G chip, which will likely not be available commercially until 2009, will be able to communicate with four separate cellular networks at faster-than-normal speeds, while also send and receive both FM radio and Bluetooth signals. An executive with the company told the Journal that the chip could make it possible to manufacture top-of-the-line cell phones for about $100, much less than the current amount.
Broadcom has, as of late, been in litigation with Qualcomm, with Broadcom alleging that the latter company infringed on its patents.