Broadcom outs new Android platform for mass-market smartphones

December 15, 2010
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Broadcom has been around for a long time and the company is huge in the electronics market with all manner of chips and components that go inside of a vast array of electronic devices. Broadcom announced this week that it has developed a new dual-core processor platform for Android that can offer 3G HSDPA connectivity and applications processing at the same time.

The new platform is called the Broadcom BCM2157 and it is aimed at delivering mass-market Android smartphones to consumers. Some of the key specs and features of the BCM2157 include a 3G HSDPA modem supporting 7.2Mbps downstream and global roaming. The device has integrated support for HVGA displays, multi-touch screens, and support for 5MP digital camera.

The Android baseband platform also has 3G dual SIM/dual standby and other smartphone capabilities. The dual-core ARM processor used in the platform runs at 500MHz. The platform also has Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and NFC and uses Broadcom InConcert technology. The new baseband is set to sample to early customers now with the first commercial launch of products using it in Q1 2011.


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