Thursday, June 13, 2013

Broadcom Announces Quad-Core HSPA+ Processor

Broadcom unveiled a quad-core HSPA+ processor for entry-level smartphones using Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

The new quad-core BCM23550 processor can be coupled with Broadcom's connectivity suite, which includes Broadcom's leading 5G WiFi technology, multi-constellation GNSS support, and advanced indoor location capabilities to enable ubiquitous positioning both indoors and outdoors.

Some key features:

  • Quad 1.2GHz A7 CPU with ARM NEON technology
  • 21 Mbps (Megabits per second) of HSPA+ downstream connectivity, 5.8 Mbps of upstream connectivity
  • Dual HD display support with 720p LCD and external HD panel via Wi-Fi Miracast-capable displays
  • High-performance graphics based on VideoCore IV multimedia technology, for enhanced 3D gaming and other graphics-rich applications
  • Integrated image signal processor (ISP) with support up to 12 megapixels
  • High quality H.264 full HD (1080p30) camcorder and video playback
  • Power management techniques that increase efficiency of cellular RF chip and optimize performance based on workload demands
  • HD voice support for high-quality voice calls with advanced dual-mic noise cancellation technology
  • GPS/GLONASS, WLAN , MEMS, and Cell ID for the best indoor/outdoor location
  • NFC solution supports all major NFC specifications including NFC Forum, EMVCo, and the China UnionPay QuickTap mobile wallet

"Broadcom's new quad-core solution allows OEMs to deliver the multi-tasking, graphics-rich capabilities required in today's smartphones, while still appealing to consumers seeking superior performance at affordable prices," said Rafael Sotomayor, Broadcom Vice President, Product Marketing, Mobile Platform Solutions.  "By combining the performance benefits of a quad-core solution with high-end features like 5G WiFi, globally certified NFC technology, and advanced indoor positioning technology, the platform offers device manufacturers a flexible and cost-effective path to address the affordable smartphone segment."