Texas Instruments goes for broke, packs 4 radios into WiLink 7 chip

Why the hell not, right? In an effort to ensure that your future mobile devices are as small as possible, Texas Instruments has developed a new chip that somehow manages to contain 4 individual radios for WiFi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and FM receive/transmit. Not only that, it’s (according to the press release, anyway) even smaller and more energy efficient than before. Sure, development was probably done under the auspices of moving the wireless industry forward, but it’s also a pretty big middle finger to TI’s competition – we’re already looking forward to what they come out with in response.

OEMs can get their grubby little mitts on samples today, but the rest of us will have to wait until the end of the year before they start popping up in the devices we’re bound to drool over.

[Press Release]