Freescale Semiconductor is about to unveil a chip that could change wireless communications completely. They have spent the last 10 years developing the first functioning commercial chip made of gallium arsenide. That material transmits electrons 20 times faster that the standard silicone. The chips are still three to five years away from market, but when they appear it will likely be in cellphones and base stations. The chip would dramatically speed up the transmitting and receiving of wireless signals and would make it much quicker to transmit audio and video data in large quantities.
Other companies have been experimenting with gallium arsenide and have even used it for chips in power amplifiers. Some companies have created chips using current technology, but they didn’t utilize the potential power. Freescale was able to effectively insulate the chip and that made it feasible. Now their challenge is to make it possible to manufacture high quantities of the chips.