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The Integration Imperative—When the Whole is Greater than the Sum of Parts

Authored on: Apr 21, 2009 by Graham Teague

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In the highly competitive mobile handset business, manufacturers face continuous pressure to deliver sleek form factors with ever more functionality in increasingly compressed time frames. Some designers are looking to highly integrated radio components to meet today's challenging market demands.

The definition of integration is—"the act of or instance of combining into an integral whole." Sounds simple enough, but integration should not just be a euphemism for sticking things together that don't work together by any means possible—be it duct tape or sheer force of will. Real integration adds more! Real integration offers handset manufacturers an elegant technology solution that offers benefits beyond reclaiming pc board real estate; Built properly with state of the art technological advances, highly integrated RF modules solutions can reduce engineering effort and design cycle times while offering improved radio performance.

With constant pressure on space, functionality and time to market, handset manufacturers are moving over to integrated modules in their handset designs.

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