The Technological Design of Mobile Phones


To understand how your mobile phone works, it’s important to know the basics of the technology involved. This is a complex subject, but we’ll try to make it manageable for you with the help of .

The simplest way to think about an electric circuit is power in equals power out. This idea applies to your mobile phone too. You turn on your device by pressing its power button, then plug in the charger cable into its socket and into a wall outlet. The charger plugs directly into your phone’s battery, which sends electricity through wires that are intertwined with copper-coloured wiring near the back of your phone.

These wires carry electricity to various components in your phone, enabling you to make and receive calls, send text messages (SMS) and browse the Web. 

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Wireless and cellular capabilities

The electronics inside your phone can be broken down into components, each of which provides a function to the whole. Now that we know where all the different components are, we can examine how they work together. Your mobile phone’s wireless and cellular capabilities rely on two main technologies: radio frequency (RF) and digital signal processing (DSP).

Radio Frequency: 

Your mobile phone has a small antenna attached to its back for sending and receiving signals from cell towers. These signals carry voice and text data like your text messages (SMS) and email messages. As you drive, the cell tower continually updates your phone’s position. This is called “cell site handoff”, which helps your phone switch between different base stations as you move around.

Digital Signal Processing: 

Digital signal processing (DSP) involves transmitting voice over a radio frequency, similar to how it would be transmitted to another person during a normal conversation. The process includes compression so that the data sent over the radio isn’t overwhelming, as well as forward error correction for error-free communication. This is how your phone’s speaker can function, as well as its microphone.


The hardware of your mobile phone includes the circuit board, which carries all of the electronics. A small antenna sits on top of the circuit board to send and receive signals. You can think of this like a wireless or cellular base station. Your phone also has parts that are “inside” the circuit board . These parts include components like memory chips, battery chargers, microphones and speakers. These components use an integrated circuit to store data and perform certain functions for your phone. To put it simply: The inside pieces of your phone are visible through its outside casing or housing .

The three main types of integrated circuits that are used in mobile phones are memories, microprocessors and digital signal processors. These devices are designed to work with electronics components to carry out specific functions.


A mobile phone’s memory is like its brain . It stores data like phone numbers and caller ID information. A circuit known as a memory chip (also known as RAM) provides the storage space for your phone’s memory. It can be thought of like a cookie jar , where the jar is the chip housing and the cookies represent data items that are stored inside it. The more cookies you have in your jar, the more quickly you access them (like opening an app on your phone).

The smallest memory chip is a programmable read-only memory (PROM) chip , which stores a fixed amount of information. A more common type of semiconductor is a digital signal processor, which can perform a more complex set of functions. A digital signal processor contains multiple chips that work together to process signals that are sent from the radio frequency, as well as perform calculations. An example of this type of chip is an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), where one chip performs many functions for many different applications.


The integrated circuit chips used in mobile phones are similar to those used in computers and video games . They are designed to perform a specific set of instructions. Think of this like the engine in your car, which determines how your vehicle performs.

A microprocessor can execute computer code or programs using special commands or instructions. The most common type of microprocessor used in mobile phones is the system on a chip (SoC), which is typically used for smartphones and tablets . It makes use of CPU control units that typically control primary components of the system. These include input output devices, main memory and storage, graphics processing units, network chips and application processors . All of these are housed on a single integrated circuit chip, which limits the amount of space needed to house these parts together. On your phone, the system on a chip will be one of the chips that you can see through your casing. The other chips are called peripherals.

Digital Signal Processing:

Digital signal processing (DSP) is where RF begins to play a role in your phone. This involves sending radio waves through an antenna near your device, resulting in decoded data being sent back to the radio frequency over the airwaves . This is how you receive text messages (SMS) and email messages. This also happens when you make calls. Our digital signal processing (DSP) chip works like your computer’s sound card or software that carries out commands like opening programs or playing music.

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Mobile phones are one of the most impressive engineering feats in the world. The technological design of mobile phones is incredibly complex due to their various features. 


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