Motorola hooks up with TI for 3G / 4G phones

Jan 29 2007 - 03:56 PM ET | Motorola

Motorola has signed an agreement with Texas Instruments for chips to power future mobile phones. Previously Motorola has relied on silicon from Freescale, a company that Motorola spun off in 2003. Motorola has been slow to get advanced 3G phones to the market and has made that task a major goal for 2007. However this agreement won't help out for this year's financials--Motorola handsets based on the new Texas Instruments chips will begin shipping in 2008.

TI's chips will help provide both 3G and WiMAX (802.16e) data connectivity. Motorola is one of the early adopters of WiMAX and expects to begin shipping a new line of 802.16e mobile devices next year.