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An outlook on the evolution of mobile terminals: from monolithic to modular multiradio, multiapplication platforms

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Terminals, including traditional cellular phones, have historically been optimized for a small number of services over a specific network. With the convergence of consumer electronics and Internet-based services, voice and video are now being offered on a variety of access networks, and many functions are being combined into single devices. In addition to new sophisticated audio/video coding and graphics capabilities, there is a growing demand for cheap and ubiquitous broadband wireless Internet access. This demand is driving the need for multiradio platforms that include new licensed and unlicensed air interface technologies, such as WLAN, UWB and Wimax. The proliferation of new applications and wireless standards has created the need for a dramatic change in the portable/mobile terminal architecture. This paper presents an overview of the evolution of mobile terminal architectures, from monolithic to flexible, modular, and capable of meeting the increasing demand for an ever larger number of features at the right cost and time to market

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Circuits and Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 2 )