Broadcom Corporation has announced a quad-core HSPA+ processor BCM23550 optimized for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS). BCM23550 run at 1.2GHz and feature VideoCore multimedia and an integrated HSPA+ cellular baseband.
"Broadcom's new quad-core solution allows OEMs to deliver the multi-tasking, graphics-rich capabilities required in today's smartphones, while still appealing to consumers seeking superior performance at affordable prices," said Rafael Sotomayor, Broadcom Vice President, Product Marketing, Mobile Platform Solutions. "By combining the performance benefits of a quad-core solution with high-end features like 5G WiFi, globally certified NFC technology, and advanced indoor positioning technology, the platform offers device manufacturers a flexible and cost-effective path to address the affordable smartphone segment."
The BCM23550 supports "dual HD," allowing users to simultaneously share high-definition content from a small handheld screen to a larger, Miracast-enabled display. The platform provides an integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP) that supports up to 12-megapixel sensors with advanced imaging capabilities such as blink and smile detection, face tracking, red eye reduction, fast shot to shot (burst capture), zero shutter lag, and best picture selection. BCM23550 also integrates NFC with native support for simplified connectivity and mobile payments systems like QuickTap from China UnionPay.
BCM23550 is pin-to-pin compatible with BCM21664T, a dual-core HSPA+ platform, allowing handset manufacturers to leverage existing designs and accelerate time to market.
"Since the primary use of mobile phones has evolved from making calls to serving as pocket-sized computers, users have grown to expect fast computing power. Premium features, such as Broadcom's quad-core platform, offer a compelling user experience and will further spur the adoption of entry-level smartphones," said Les Santiago, IDC Research Director, Wireless Semiconductors.
List of Key Features as explained by Broadcom:
Quad 1.2GHz A7 CPU with ARM NEON technology
21 Mbps (Megabits per second) of HSPA+ downstream connectivity, 5.8 Mbps of upstream connectivity
Dual HD display support with 720p LCD and external HD panel via Wi-Fi Miracast-capable displays
High-performance graphics based on VideoCore IV multimedia technology, for enhanced 3D gaming and other graphics-rich applications
Integrated image signal processor (ISP) with support up to 12 megapixels
High quality H.264 full HD (1080p30) camcorder and video playback
Power management techniques that increase efficiency of cellular RF chip and optimize performance based on workload demands
HD voice support for high-quality voice calls with advanced dual-mic noise cancellation technology
GPS/GLONASS, WLAN , MEMS, and Cell ID for the best indoor/outdoor location
NFC solution supports all major NFC specifications including NFC Forum, EMVCo, and the China UnionPay QuickTap mobile wallet
Industry-leading, lowest power 3G/2G dual SIM-dual standby to enable global markets
Compliant with ARM TrustZone and GlobalPlatform for system-level security
Availability: The BCM23550 is currently sampling with production expected in the third quarter of 2013.