Wireless Web Digest: Wi-Fi Chip Prices Expected to Plummet
In this edition of the Wireless Supersite's Web Digest, TechKnowledge Strategies projects that total revenue from chip sales will decrease by 7.7 percent in 2003, despite a projected 83 percent increase in overall shipments. Plus, the FCC proposes nearly
FCC Proposal Could Boost Wi-FiThe Federal Communications Commission last week proposed to nearly double 802.11as available bandwidth. The FCC proposal would add 80 percent (255MHz) to the 300MHz of spectrum currently available in the 5GHz band. The additional spectrum would reside in the middle band, from 5.470GHz to 5.725GHz. The bandwidth proposal would increase the number of channels 802.11a can operate on to 24. At present, IEEE 802.11b has three channels available; 802.11a has 11.
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Visa International and Royal Philips Electronics unveiled an exclusive partnership agreement under which the two companies will jointly develop and promote the application of contactless chip technology for payment transactions. Using the technology, consumers could easily make payments to purchase goods or unlock services simply by waving a credit card equipped with a contactless interface at a reader. Work on new near-field radio communication technology, called Near Field Communication (NFC), initiated by Philips and Sony last fall, helped attract Visa as a partner. NFC can "talk" to two diverging contactless smart card interfaces--"FeliCa" developed by Sony and "Mifare" developed by Philips-- and has been specifically designed to open opportunities for smart cards in the consumer market.Read the full story on: EE Times Radio ID Chips May Track BanknotesRadio tags the size of a grain of sand could be embedded in the euro note if a reported deal between the European Central Bank (ECB) and Japanese electronics maker Hitachi is signed. Japanese news agency Kyodo was reportedly told by Hitachi that the ECB has started talks with the company about the use of its radio chip in the banknote. "RFID (radio frequency identification) tags also have the ability of recording information such as details of the transactions the paper note has been involved in. It would, therefore, also prevent money-laundering, make it possible to track illegal transactions and even prevent kidnappers demanding unmarked bills," Frost and Sullivan analyst Prianka Chopra said.Read the full story on: CNET News.com Philips Teaming With Sony Ericsson On Smart PhoneRoyal Philips Electronics last week revealed it was the development partner for the multimedia processor at the heart of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications P800 triband smart phone, and said it will make the chip available in early 2004 under Philips Semiconductors Nexperia media processor brand. Philips said its processor will go head-to-head with such high-profile solutions as Intels Xscale, Texas Instruments Omap and STMicroelectronics Nomadik. One of Philips biggest targets is Samsung Electronics, said Michel Windal, multimedia marketing director at Philips Semiconductors.Read the full story on: CommsDesign