Broadcom Announces New SoC For Budget Devices, Offers Full HSPA+ And Jelly Bean Support


Sure we’ve seen some other chipmakers working on a few budget processors for the masses recently, but other manufacturers seem to have their sights set on the ever-growing budget market as well. And so following its earlier onslaught of mobile processors, Broadcom recently announced its BCM21664T chip, which is a specialized SoC featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a VideoCore GPU which can support 720P video recording and full 1080P video playback. The chipset is also optimized for faux-g HSPA+ technology and should be able to haul in downstream speeds of up to 21.1Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 5.8Mbps. Oh and best of all— Broadcom’s new SoC is specially optimized for Jelly Bean— specifically the newest Jelly Bean version. Very exciting news indeed.

So now that the chipset has been announced, we’re sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting the development of new budget-level devices featuring Jelly Bean running the show. Hopefully we don’t need to wait too long to see the first devices start to trickle down.

Hit the break the see Broadcom’s full presser.


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Broadcom Introduces New Chips To The Already Crowded SoC Playground


Smartphones processors are evolving at a rapid pace. Whether you look to your right, left or everywhere in between– you’ll see various chips sporting impressive features while trying to distinguish themselves from one another. Veteran chipset maker Broadcom is now squeezing its way onto the chipset playground by introducing several attractive chips which will be Ice Cream Sandwich-based. The first is the BCM21654G chip which is made for mid-end smartphones and features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, integrated HSPA modem and VGA video support. Following the 21654G are the BCM28145 and 28155 chips. Each will feature dual-core processors that can go as high as 1.3GHz, have integrated HSPA+ modems, feature support for HD (720 and 1080p) video and have an Image Signal Processor chip that will support up to a 42MP camera. Moreover, both chips will feature a “third processing core” called VideoCore. VideoCore will tackle on the load when playing HD video, freeing up the processor’s resources and helping it to run as efficiently as possible.

Broadcom isn’t stopping there either. They are also featuring BCM4334 combo chip which allows for simultaneous Internet connectivity, support for WiFi Direct and WiFi Display, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Moreover, you’ll be able to find a low-power NFC chip built-in, which can be used for payments, sharing tunes or whatever else you can think of with the technology. Finally, there is of course dual-SIM capabilities that should be noted.

So many choices, which one do we choose? Dilemmas, dilemmas— I tell ya! What chip interests you most? Let us know in the Comments section below or up in our Forums.

source: Android Authority

Broadcom announces BCM21850, a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1.1GHz

If you  have ever built a computer or happen to work in IT, Broadcom should be a name familiar to you.  They are well known of their WiFi  and bluetooth chips, but they also have a few new chips coming to the mobile market game.  The most anticipated one is their BCM21850.  Aside from being another dual-core processor, it is also built on the 40nm process, which makes it smaller and more power efficient then the competitor chips out there built on the 45nm process.  Here are the rest of the specs on this chip: Read more

Broadcom Brings a New, Affordable Dual-Core Chip to Market

We’ve been anticipating dual-core processors in our phones for a while now, and we’re starting to see that becoming a reality. CES is just over two weeks away, and we expect to see some dual-core phones up close and personal. And the newest entry into the race is Broadcom’s BCM2157.

Built off the ARM11 500MHz processor, this dual-core chip promises support for:

  • Mobile hotspot
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3G modems
  • Multi-touch screens
  • 5MP cameras
  • Dual-Sim technology
  • The best thing about this chip is that it’s aimed at a price point that makes it ideal for the mid-range and entry-level devices. While the 500MHz speed is at first a little disappointing, when you consider that it’s dual-core, it should still be able to deliver a very strong multi-tasking experience. And bringing dual-core power to the lower-end devices is an admirable goal, for certain.

    Stick around, and we’ll keep you posted on the first phone to use these new chips. But between Broadcom’s new offering, the Tegra 2, and Samsung’s Orion CPU, it’s very likely that we’ll see dual-core phones become the standard for new phones launching early next year.

    [via IntoMobile]