Palm plans wireless integration

Palm has announced that Texas Instruments will provide it with a digital signal processor and chips that are designed to work on...

Palm has announced that Texas Instruments will provide it with a digital signal processor and chips that are designed to work on the GSM mobile phones widely used in Europe and by an increasing number of US-based carriers.

According to Palm vice-president, Tom Bradley, the deal with TI will "accelerate the convergence of wireless voice, multimedia and data".

Craig Mathias, an analyst at Farpoint Group, said Palm needs a product that integrates mobile phone data capabilities in order to keep pace with its rival Handspring, whose Treo mobile phone and organiser family of products will be available next year.

Mathias added that Palm's intention to focus first on the GSM market "makes sense because there are 600 million GSM users", primarily in Europe. But, Mathias said, a number of US carriers have also embraced the GSM standard, including AT&T Wireless Services, Cingular Wireless and VoiceStream Wireless.

Palm did not say when the new products incorporating the TI chips would be introduced.

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