ST-Ericsson has announced plans to release two devices designed to improve connectivity for mobile handsets.
The joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson said that it is working on a wireless local area network (LAN) controller and a multiple-connectivity chip, both of which are expected late next year.
ST-Ericsson claimed that the new chip will serve as a multi-function device allowing connections over Bluetooth, GPS and FM. The company hopes that combining the multiple connections on to a single chip will allow manufacturers to increase handset battery life.
The wireless LAN 802.11n receiver, meanwhile, is designed to operate at a lower power consumption to allow for better battery life and eliminate the need to disable the LAN when not in use.
"As more consumers start accessing internet-based applications and GPS-enabled services, exchanging information over Bluetooth and wireless LANs, and enjoying FM radio, manufacturers constantly need design innovation to create more exciting mobile devices," said Thierry Tingaud, vice president of connectivity at ST-Ericsson.
"Building on our expertise in integration and a strong portfolio of wireless solutions, we are helping customers to go to market faster with more competitive products."
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