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iPhone and the Future of Marvell

Posted on Friday, May 4th 2007

“Apple plans to sell its iPhone through an exclusive marketing agreement with AT&T’s Cingular Wireless unit. While Cingular’s data network is woefully slow, the Wi-Fi feature will give the mobile phone high speed data capability when users can find Wi-Fi hotspots. To date, cell phone service providers have been reluctant to introduce mobile phones with Wi-Fi capability, fearing the wireless technology — which is often free — could cannibalize their existing data network service offerings.” (EE Times)

Marvell scored the design win to provide the Wi-Fi chip for the iPhone, and if the product and the functionality takes off, could have a nice upswing.

Last year, Marvell bought Intel’s Communication chip business for $600 Million. It was a risky move, since the division has consistently struggled to take off within Intel. Will the iPhone win allow the company to recover its investment?

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Do you know if Wi-Fi chip companies and other intersted parties are putting together WI-FI networks around the country and shouldn’t they form a cooperative to do so?

Paul Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 5:43 AM PT

I don’t know, Paul.

Sramana Mitra Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 6:25 AM PT

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Sramana Mitra on Strategy » Blog Archive » iPhone and the Future of Cisco Friday, May 11, 2007 at 6:02 AM PT

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