Infineon launches $20 mobile chip platform

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Munich based semiconductor company Infineon Technologies has launched its ultra low cost chip platform for sub 420 mobile handsets.

The company said the chip platform will be available for commercial production by year end.

S Surya, senior VP, head, corporate software and MD, Infineon India said, “We have used the lowest bill of material for this sub-$20 chip and very few components,” he said. To make the chip even more accessible to the markets, for the first time in the industry, Infineon has used the AAA batteries.

This is the third company after Texas Instruments and Motorola to announce the availability of such chips.

Surya also said by next year, the prices of the chip will fall further by 20 percent.

The chip platform is ready for release to handset manufacturers as a reference platform for new product designs. The company is in talks with handset manufacturers.

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