Nowadays convergence is a new trend with more and more technologies being integrated into mobile phones. And among those, wireless technology is one of the most common one to sustain network communication for seamless connectivity. Instead of relying on multiple discrete components to fulfill such requirements, TI (Texas Instrument) has recently unveiled a new chip that integrates WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth and FM transceiver function into one and named as WiLink 7.0, it is claimed to be the industry’s first single-chip that being designed specifically for mainstream mobile devices.
WiLink 7.0 is much tinier, only around 50 percent smaller than its previous generation but without constraint by its tiny form factor, it has added new GPS feature as compared to its predecessor. In order to cancel out chip-level RF interference, the new chip has unique coexistence capabilities that allow multiple individual RF modules to work in parallel for effective BOM (Bill of Material) and design simplicity. Besides, it features best-in-class high performance GPS core that enables accurate positioning assisted with advanced algorithm. On top of this, its Bluetooth core includes dedicated audio processor SoC supporting both low energy and 3.0 specifications. Others include a robust WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n as well as FM core that make it a powerful all-in-one solution suitable for MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices), PNDs (Personal Navigation devices), gaming devices and many more.
No pricing and exact availability yet, but this will definitely able to improve future mobile gadgets in wireless capabilities while maintaining smaller form factor with integrated feature sets for prolong battery life.