Another set of LTE-capable chipsets have made their way to market, this time from Broadcom. Though we’ve seen many LTE chipsets recently, these have a unique “pin to pin” functionality, which will make it easier for OEMs to develop for their handsets. By making it easier to roll out platforms across devices, Broadcom is tackling a few major issues.


The two chipsets — a dual-core offering named M320 and the quad-core M340 — have LTE slipped in, as well as VoLTE and HD voice capabilities. In addition to the higher data speeds of LTE, Broadcom is saying they’ve worked out power consumption bugs, reducing battery drain by up to 30%.

The ‘pin to pin’ functionality, though — that’s the big sell, here. With Broadcom’s fifth generation turnkey platform, OEMs can make one platform that scales to device across categories. In the announcement, Broadcom said “with complete design reuse between dual-core and quad-core basebands, OEMs can develop multiple devices with the same platform design while lowering engineering costs and accelerating time to market.” Across devices, we should see the same functionality.

Broadcom’s duo of chipsets are interesting. By letting OEMs build once and distribute across the platform, it could increase update speed as well as mid-tier functionality. Implementation, though, may prove difficult in the face of Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos lineup.

VIA: Phone Arena