The mating of CDMA with Wi-Fi technology is well on its way with the announcement of a partnership between Kyocera Wireless Corporation and Marvell. The two companies have teamed up in an effort to develop a handset platform that integrates Marvell’s WLAN technology and chipsets into a readily available CDMA mobile phone.
Industry analysts are predicting huge potential for WLAN-enabled cell phones in the future, with projections as high as 125 million dual-mode devices being sold in the year 2008. If these predictions hold true, WLAN handsets would make up 15% of the global market share, and as such, Kyocera and Marvell want to get in on the ground floor.
What this means is that some day, you’ll have a handset that will do the regular voice and data dance, but above that, multimedia services will be significantly enhanced and overall coverage will be improved. In fact, WLAN can offer speeds of up to 54 Mbps. Dr. Paramesh Gopi of Marvell is enthusiastic about the possibility: “By working with Kyocera, Marvell will be able to drive that strategy and vision deeper into the cellular device market.”