Broadcom Scoffs at Qualcom's On-Die LTE, Announces Cheaper 28 nm Chip
February 12, 2013 4:26 PM
comment(s) - last by
Stand-alone solution may be more affordable and cut power costs
Qualcomm, Inc.'s (
) Snapdragon S4 was viewed as a major evolutionary leap in smartphone chipmaking as it incorporated an on-die 4G LTE modem into the central system-on-a-chip. Not so fast, says Broadcom Corp. (
). The veteran modem-maker
this week a
that it brags will offer superior power and pricing to Qualcomm's offerings.
The 28 nm chip, dubbed BCM21892, is currently being sampled and will be mass-produced next year, targeting the smartphone and tablet markets. It supports transmissions of up to 150 Mbps and voice-over-LTE (voLTE), as well as other advanced LTE technologies. It cuts power consumption by about 25 percent from the previous generation and cuts space by 35 percent, both thanks to the die shrink.
Currently Broadcom dominates the market for Bluetooth/Wi-Fi helper chips for smartphones, a function that still has yet to be incorporated on-die in Qualcomm's chips.
But the LTE modem will likely see strong interest from handset designers, as well, given that the other top ARM chipmakers besides Qualcomm -- NVIDIA Corp. (
) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) -- lack on-die LTE.
Broadcom, a top mobile signalling support-chip producer has announced an
LTE offering for 2014. [Image Source: oskay/Flickr]
Broadcom wireless unit EVP Robert A. Rango comments, "Broadcom's new 4G LTE modem combined with our Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC technologies gives OEMs all the communications technologies needed to build advanced devices that will offer consumers the features, speed and functionality they demand in their next smartphone purchase. Broadcom's 4G LTE modem will also help carriers drive new 4G LTE features, such as carrier aggregation, into commercial networks."
speculate that at some point Broadcom may leap from the role of teammate with NVIDIA and Samsung to rival, as it steps up its war with Qualcomm. Speculation began in January when Broadcom
ARMv7 and ARMv8 instruction set licenses from ARM Holdings Plc. (
Currently Broadcom offers a few ARMv6-based processors (including the one used in the
Raspberry Pi USB stick-style Linux computer
), but lacks a serious smartphone processor offering.
Analysts think Broadcom may be preparing a next generation processor/modem system-on-a-chip for release sometime in the next couple years. Such a move would certainly leverage Broadcom's extensive experience in signaling silicon, but it would also be risky as it could alienate NVIDIA and Samsung, hurting Broadcom's more traditional business.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
2/12/2013 11:15:23 PM
That "4G" sticker will probably be an important sticker to have on a box in the coming year.
2/14/2013 9:01:04 AM
4G is no minor feature. Its about the most important feature on a smartphone, its huge.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
New $25 Raspberry Pi Linux PC Lands in Europe; Cuts RAM, But is More Efficient
February 4, 2013, 2:33 PM
Quick Note: Broadcom to Enter LTE Market in 2013
December 10, 2012, 9:18 AM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information