SEMICONDUCTOR FIRM Broadcom has revealed details of its baseband platform for HSDPA modem connectivity and Android applications processing.
The snazzily named Broadcom BCM2157 dual-core baseband processor is expected to bring high end smartphone features to low end Android handsets, according to Broadcom.
Likely features resulting from using the processors in handsets include the use of mobile hotspots, as well as multi-touch screens, something called innovative media and the aforementioned applications processing.
The dual core processor chip won't just be cheap and cheerful, and Broadcom said its 3G HSDPA modem will support 7.2Mbps downstream connectivity as well as global roaming.
It also has support for HVGA displays and multi-touch screens, as well as a high-end appealing 5MP digital camera and dual SIM cards, and all this with powerful dual-core ARM processors.
"The smartphone continues to influence the cellular industry, with defining features like multi-touch screens and the ability to run applications now enriching lower cost handsets ," said Scott Bibaud, EVP and general manager of Broadcom's mobile platforms group.
"We've maximised the functionality of our new Android-processing baseband platform to enable our partners to deliver the most popular features in more affordable designs."
The processor is currently being sampled with early access customers, and a full commercial launch is expected early next year. µ
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