Can we expect Wi-Fi capabilities in all phones?
This would be an interesting twist, and a challenge to typical wireless phone companies -- offering mass-market phones with wi-fi capabilities. So far making the wi-fi chips small enough and that don't chew up battery time has kept costs too high. But this might be about to change.
STMicroelectronics has begun mass production of its first cellular-phone wireless LAN chip, a new component expected to become standard as wireless network coverage becomes more pervasive.
The chip has been included in the design of several recently launched Wi-Fi cellular handsets, but STMicroelectronics did not specify the manufacturers. The chip costs $10 in quantities of 100,000 units, the company said.
Source: Network World