PORTLAND, Oregon — President Bush signed into law the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act on Wednesday (December 3, 2003), after it had been approved by both Houses of Congress following months of haggling.

And just when you thought marketers had shoehorned every conceivable feature into a handset, David Myers, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Dilithium Networks, suggests they forgot what could be the killer app-video telephony. The startup describes why and how this feature could successfully come to cellular networks even though it has yet to catch on in the less-challenging wired world.

In addition to meeting end-user demand, these devices must be highly compact, and bundling all these features into a compact package can only happen at the outer limits of integration and power management. To that end, Wolfson Microelectronics Corp. (Edinburgh, Scotland) today will introduce the WM8753L, a low-power audio chip that integrates many of the audio-related components an ambitious cellular multimedia system would need.