Monday, February 27, 2012

Broadcom intros new platforms optimized for Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' smartphones

IRVINE, USA: Broadcom Corp. has announced three smartphone platforms optimized to provide superior native support for the rich and immersive experience of the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system (OS). Broadcom's new platforms provide powerful graphics, imaging, and application processing capabilities required to deliver the extensive benefits of the new OS.

Smartphones have become the primary communications and computing devices that consumers use, with ABI Research forecasting that smartphones priced below $299.00 (wholesale) will see cumulative shipments of 3.8 billion units from 2012 to 2017. The enhanced graphical interface, expansive video and imaging capabilities, and rich user experiences of Android 4.0 will help fuel this trend, necessitating platform solutions that effectively balance graphical and image processing, HD video capabilities, and low power consumption for a satisfying smartphone experience.

Broadcom's new family of 3G platforms will enable handset OEMs to affordably deliver a premium Android 4.0 user experience across multiple smartphone product tiers. The Broadcom BCM21654G features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, an integrated 7.2/5.8 Mbps HSPA modem and low-power VGA video support. The BCM28145 and BCM28155 include dual ARM Cortex A9 cores up to 1.3 GHz, 21/5.8 Mbps HSPA+ modems and HD 720p and 1080p, video respectively. All three chips were developed in an advanced, low power 40 nanometer process technology and are complemented by radio frequency (RF), power management unit (PMU) and an advanced connectivity suite for a complete system solution.

All three platforms are sampling to customers and expected to be in production in the second half of 2012.

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