Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it has expanded its relationship with Samsung Electronics to include advanced 3G cellular solutions for a new series of Samsung mobile handsets that are now available. Broadcom launched its first generation 3G cellular baseband technology with Samsung over a year ago with the SGH-Z220, and the new handsets leverage the companies’ prior joint investment. The new Samsung 3G mobile phones are now shipping to leading cellular operators in multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and elsewhere.
Advanced Broadcom® silicon and software solutions helped the new Samsung SGH-J750 and SGH-A401 3G phones achieve an unprecedented level of affordability and compact modern design, while delivering longer battery life. The products have undergone extensive testing in extreme conditions, including worldwide roaming for well over a year to meet Samsung’s most demanding quality requirements and operating conditions. Additional Samsung products with Broadcom’s 3G solution are expected to be introduced for sales in Christmas season 2007.
“Broadcom is a capable and valued partner for Samsung and as the 3G market grows very rapidly, we expect that our relationship will become more successful in the future,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President of Samsung’s Telecommunications Network Business. “These new handsets demonstrate the close collaboration of our companies in bringing affordable and exciting 3G mobile devices to market, and highlight our confidence in Broadcom cellular technology.”
“Samsung is a recognized leader in the cellular industry, for its innovative designs, extremely aggressive project schedules and unique ability to integrate new devices and solutions into its portfolio very quickly,” said Yossi Cohen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Mobile Platforms Group. “These qualities match very well with Broadcom’s capabilities and aggressive engineering execution culture. The resulting combination is a promising future of delivering new products to market quickly, with the latest Broadcom technology.”
Broadcom 3G Cellular Solutions
The advanced Broadcom 3G cellular solutions selected by Samsung for the SGH-J750 and SGH-A401 mobile phones include the BCM2133 EDGE baseband processor, the BCM2141 WCDMA co-processor, the BCM2045 Bluetooth® transceiver and the BCM59001 power management unit (PMU).
The BCM2133 is a single-chip multimedia EDGE baseband processor that features an ARM926EJ(TM) processor and an array of monolithic mixed-signal elements for radio frequency (RF) and audio connectivity. Superior power performance is achieved by unique EDGE hardware accelerators, which minimize power consumption while users perform web browsing, download e-mail or view streaming video over EDGE networks. The BCM2133 integrates a full set of multimedia features including 2 Megapixel digital camera support, video record and playback capabilities, stereo MP3 player, and support for 64-tone polyphonic ringtones. The BCM2133 also supports Broadcom’s proprietary, field proven M-Stream cellular technology that improves speech and signal quality in a variety of network conditions, reducing dropped calls while improving overall user experience.
The BCM2141 is a WCDMA co-processor and full-featured WCDMA baseband processor, that when paired with the BCM2133 EDGE baseband processor, enables seamless roaming between 2G and 3G networks. This allows end-users to remain connected as they travel among GSM, GPRS, EDGE or WCDMA coverage areas. The BCM2141 utilizes unique low power architecture to provide increased battery life and a programmable RF interface for system design flexibility.
The BCM2045 is a leading single-chip Bluetooth solution that addresses every major challenge confronting equipment manufacturers including power consumption, board space, radio performance and cost. In addition to best-in- class power management and radio performance, the BCM2045 features the highest level of integration and supports new Bluetooth enhanced data rate (EDR) functionality that provides 3 Megabits per second bandwidth for wireless applications. In addition, the BCM2045 includes InConcert® interference avoidance technology that reduces possible disruption from nearby Wi-Fi® products operating in the same 2.4 GHz radio frequency as Bluetooth.
The BCM59001 power management unit (PMU) intelligently manages power consumption in mobile devices to optimize system operation and maximize battery life. It can be paired with Broadcom’s (or other’s) baseband processors, multimedia processors or applications processors to provide a complete power management system required by the leading mobile device manufacturers. While competing solutions may address some system power management challenges, none offers the level of integration, functionality and programmability found in Broadcom’s BCM59001 PMU solution.
The BCM2133, BCM2141, BCM2045, BCM59001 and supporting software are all currently available in volume production.
Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry’s broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art, system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
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