CHIP DESIGNER Broadcom has announced two system on chip (SoC) designs to offer 4G capabilities to the budget smartphone market.
Broadcom's new turnkey reference dual-core M320 and upcoming quad-core M340 chips bundle 150Mbps LTE radios to make it easier for OEMs to ship cheap 4G handsets.
"The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market," the firm said.
"Broadcom's turnkey team achieved a design with a very low cost bill of material (RBOM) to enable handset companies to quickly and efficiently take Broadcom's LTE solutions to market. In addition, this turnkey design is flexible and allows OEMs to build a wide range of LTE handsets."
Better yet, the SoCs will be integrated with the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system so phone makers won't have to chase software support.
Broadcom thinks that allowing OEMs to develop multiple devices with the same chip designs will lower engineering costs and accelerate time to market.
The chips will also feature WiFi, Bluetooth, location and near field communication (NFC) technologies to "enable consumers to experience faster browsing, shorter download times and more reliable video streaming at unprecedented price points".
The two SoCs' BCM2095 LTE RF transceivers also enable FDD and TD LTE/3G/2G band support for worldwide roaming.
Broadcom's M320 LTE SoC is already in production, though the company has yet to announce any firm release dates. µ