Toshiba, Einfochips to develop chips for Google's Ara modules

By: Gizbot Bureau

Techno major Toshiba in collaboration with Gujarat-based Einfochips will provide chips for Google's revolutionary modular smartphone project, 'Ara', a senior company executive said here today.

"Google is designing modular smartphones in which different modules can be assembled as one smart-phone," said senior vice president and chief technology officer, Toshiba, USA, Shardul Kazi.

"Toshiba will make chips which can be used in modules and in the base plate, and will give idea on what kind of modules can be developed," Kazi said. Those chips will be developed in partnership with Einfochips, the executive said, adding the Gujarat-based company will also verify the chips.

Toshiba, Einfochips to develop chips for Google's Ara modules

Recommended: 10 Smartphones to Gift your Valentine on February 14 [Best Deals]

On 'Ara', Kazi said consumers can make their own smartphone as per their demands or can upgrade it with new features they like to set in the modular phone. Kazi said the modular phone has a skeleton or a base-plate body, where consumer can set required hardware applications in the form of a magnetic ship module.

Two versions of phones have been already developed, which include Spiral-one and Spiral-two, Kazi said. Spiral-one and two have been made available for the module developers, while Spiral-3 will be made available for consumers.

Recommended: Top 10 Best Smartphones To Buy in February 2015

Project Ara's Spiral-3 will be introduced on pilot basis in Caribbean island country Puerto Rico. When asked about the price of the modular phones, Kazi said, "Price will be fixed by Google. However, different modules will be ranging from USD 50 to 5,000." He said the cost can be cut to make it affordable for consumers.

Source: PTI

Read More About toshiba | google | news

Please Wait while comments are loading...
Opinion Poll