Motorola Unveils Tiny Smartphone Chip

Postage-stamp-sized smartphone chip will let tiny devices run high-end data applications.

LAS VEGAS—Motorola Inc. on Wednesday announced a new chip architecture designed to decrease the size—as well as simplify and cut application development times—for mobile phones.

The Mobile Extreme Convergence (MXC) architecture is a postage-stamp-sized smartphone chip designed to let tiny devices run high-end data applications.

While MXC is a single chip, it separates the modem subsystem from the application subsystem, which is designed to make it easier for developers to write applications that can be ported to other devices, using a single processing core, said Franz Fink, vice president and general manager for Motorolas Wireless and Mobile Systems Group.

MXC will go into alpha testing in the third quarter of 2004 and into early production in the second quarter of 2005.