It seems the "set" part of "chipset" doesn't really apply to Qualcomm's latest solutions for WCDMA-based 3G handsets. Their QSC6240 and QSC6270 products -- for UMTS and UMTS / HSDPA, respectively -- integrate pretty much everything you need to make a phone on a single 65nm die (a radio transceiver, modem, processor, and power management subsystem, to be exact). Features include quad-band GSM, support for still cameras up to 3 megapixels, 72-tone polyphony, USB 2.0, 15fps video, and a veritable who's-who of codec support -- all in the manufacturer's choice of one 3G band from 800, 850, and 900MHz, and two from 1700, 1800, 1900, and 2100MHz. So if you were... you know, waiting for a single-chip solution to manufacture that UMTS phone you're planning, now's your chance.

[Thanks, TJ]

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