TI Unveils A Design Called Wanda – Connect To WiFi, GSM, Bluetooth

As expected, the announcements are coming fast and furious out of CTIA today. Texas Instruments today announced the new “Wanda” chipset, which is designed to let a mobile phone connect to WiFi, GSM, and Bluetooth. This makes sense as people are trying to figure out how to seamlessly roam from WiFi to cellular networks, but many people wonder if the WiFi part of the chip will cause it to drain the battery very quickly. As with any first generation offering, it’s only a matter of time until the kinks get worked out. It’s good to see, though, that people aren’t getting stuck in battles over which types of wireless to support – and looking to cover a wide variety. The ideal wireless solution doesn’t care what type of technology it’s using – and doesn’t require the end user to care either.

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