One of the criticisms of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone is the battery life - it's not exactly awe-inspiring. Broadcom Corporation, a member of the Open Handset Alliance, has announced a new "combo" chip which is available for Android handset designers. The new chip (BCM4325) and driver software integrates the FM radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, offering the following advantages:
- The biggest bonus of all - decreased power consumption for a longer-lasting battery between charges.
- Reduced board space - since it's all in one chip, designers will have more circuit board real estate to work with.
- Lower production costs, which should translate into less expensive handsets for the consumer.