Intel has unveiled an experimental computer chip that combines the components of mobile phones and handheld computers.
Company officials said the integrated, "wireless-internet-on-a-chip" technology could enable a new era of wireless products with increased battery life, access to the internet and greater processing power.
The chip will integrate data processors, signal locators, two kinds of memory and features that translate digital signals to analogue, all in the same manufacturing process. Currently, each piece of the solution is manufactured separately.
Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Computing and Communications group, said: "In the last 10 years of mobile device evolution, we have seen integration technology add significant functionality and battery life while reducing size and cost to users."
He said that within the next five to 10 years, devices such as wearable computers or even video watch phones should become widely available. "For Intel, this market could be tens of billions of dollars," he said.
Smith said Intel is working with dozens of partners, including European manufacturers, on its new architecture. BT said it would develop applications that would work with the new technology, Smith claimed.
The chips produced with the new manufacturing process could achieve clock speeds of up to 1Ghz, about five times more powerful than chips used in existing mobile phones, Intel said.
The chip is based on Intel's Xscale micro-architecture which enables low power consumption and high performance.
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