One seemingly natural feature that has long been missing from Apple's
Only Apple insiders know why radio capability isn't included; my guess is that including it would increase the iPods' size, which the styling wizards at Apple won't allow.
Perhaps this will change, now that Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation Silicon Labs
According to the press release, the new chip requires only two external components, compared with 50 for FM-only chips. Building so much functionality into a single chip means that individual chips can be made very small, power consumption is reduced, and it's easy to manufacture in huge quantities for minimal cost.
Pricing for the two available versions is around $5 per chip in quantities of 10,000. With Silicon Labs' quarterly revenue around $115 million last year, this chip could meaningfully boost the company's results if its sales reach a few million or so per year.
It's a fact of life in the semiconductor industry that successful chips are mimicked by others, and some much larger competitors would likely become interested if the Si473x sells well. Time will tell whether the market decides that AM functionality is no less important than FM. At least Silicon Labs has this corner of the market all to itself for now.
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