Costs associated with 4G LTE phones have been much higher than with 3G phones on the market today. Most of the LTE phones today do not get the kind of battery life we have come to expect with 3G phones. The conversations about battery life or battery drain are becoming more important in the reviews which people are doing for smart phones. That is because the existing batch of LTE radios are add ons and are not being integrated into the boards for the phones. Then your throw in other chips coming to smart phones, such as NFC, and you see the problems with real estate. Changes need to happen to start combining items to reduce space and costs. That is starting to happen now and phones coming out shortly are going to see improved battery life because of the integration of chips. That will come as great news to those who are purchasing the future 4G LTE phones which will start getting closer to the expect battery life from 3G phones.
5 Radio Chips Combined On A Single Chip
There are so many different radio frequencies and types on the market that it makes things difficult for manufacturers and wireless carriers to deal with them all. That challenge has been picked up by Texas Instruments and they have found a way to integrate 5 radio chips and combine them on a single chip. This new combination chip is being called the WiLink 8.0 and handles your needs for WiFi, GNSS (GPS), NFC, Bluetooth and FM radio.
The result is space savings in a smart phone by as much as 45% over the individual chip space. They are estimating that you will see a 60% cost reduction for the chips and also a 30% savings in battery life with this new WiLink chip. These 3 savings should translate into reduced costs for manufacturers which we can all hope get passed on to consumers. The big number is the 30% savings in battery life and that is one which is worth taking a serious look at. With 4G LTE battery life becoming a big issue and discussion, anything which can improve that is welcome news.
Combination Dual Core Chip With 3G and LTE Included
Phone manufacturers have separate chips for 3G and their emerging 4G LTE phones. These take up space and consume battery life as has been reported by many. Now, Renesas Mobile is announcing a new chip which combines the CPU, 3G and 4G LTE chips onto a separate chip. That is quite a feat and is called the MP5232 and we can expect to see these in the coming months being included in smart phones. What makes this exciting is the possibilities. If you combine a dual core processor, a 3G radio and a 4G LTE radio on the same chip, you are reducing space on a smart phone. Having the 3G and 4G LTE radio chips integrated with the processor has them performing faster while using far less energy. That means we are going to see less real estate used in smart phones, reduced costs and improving battery like.
There are other companies doing activities to do similar things to reduce the foot print of chips in the smart phones, reduce the costs and improve the battery life. As the new technologies begin to be included in smart phones, we can hope to see lowered costs to consumers. The bigger desire is to see much improved battery life on smart phones. We can hope that these two items begin to come to market starting in the 2nd quarter.