Freescale: One-Chip Mobile TV/WiFi in 2008

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Freescale Semiconductor is working on a single chip that it claims will
deliver DVB-H based mobile TV with a high-speed WiFi comms capability
for downloading content from a PC or direct from a hot-spot.

"The entire solution is being built off the same engine, so one radio
will provide WiFi, DVB-T and DVB-H," Bernardino Baratta, general
manager of the multimedia applications division at Freescale
Semiconductor, told Electronics Weekly during the Freescale Developers
Conference here this week.

The design is currently being implemented in three separate chips, the
DVB-T and WiFi are currently being designed in 90nm devices and the
DVB-H is being designed in a 65nm chip.

"All three chips will be taped out by the end of the year, with
samples in January or February," said Baratta.

Immediately Freescale will work on integrating all three devices into a
single 65nm chip. "The integrated single chip will be taping out late
in 2007 for production in 2008," said Baratta.
Asked who would need a product based on such a chip, Baratta replied:
"The instant gratification generation using portable video players.
If they want to see a video clip they want to see it now. They want to
be able to download it immediately."

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