Frenzel, Louis E.
June 2004
Electronic Design;6/14/2004, Vol. 52 Issue 13, p55
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the growing popularity of portable communications devices like laptops and PDAs with cell phone emerging as the ultimate ubiquitous personal communicator with all its advanced features. The cell phone is evolving from just a commodity wireless phone into a complete communications device, replete with consumer electronics like entertainment- on-the-go features. The hot features in today's cell phones are bigger color screens, built-in cameras, and data services like e-mail or SMS. Another booming segment is the walkie-talkie capability pioneered by Nextel, Verizon and Sprint have followed suit, with others likely right behind. On the design side, chip manufacturers are creating new smart-phone architectures to handle all of the new data services and multimedia features. People can now have digital cameras, with some vendors offering high-end models featuring a built-in camcorder. Other cell-phone add-ins include MP3/ARC music players, which seem to be a natural fit. Several chip companies now have tiny TV tuners that will give standard TV on small screen.


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