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Broadcom's integrated 3G chip promises sleeker, cheaper mobiles with longer battery life

Broadcom is developing the integrated chip that implements several 3G functionalities on a single die. The chip will result in sleeker, cheaper phones with long lasting battery life.

Broadcom is developing the integrated chip that implements several 3G functionalities on a single die. The chip will result in sleeker, cheaper phones with long lasting battery life.

An excerpt from TechNewsWorld:

"With what we believe is more than a full year's lead over similar competing products, this new 3G solution should place Broadcom squarely at the head of the hyper-competitive 3G chip race," said Yossi Cohen, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Mobile Platforms Group.
Technically known as the "BCM21551", the "3G phone on a chip" includes:

  • Support for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access), WCDMA, and EDGE protocols
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate technology
  • Multiband radio frequency transceiver
  • Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Advanced Multimedia Processing

The chip is the first among its competitors, such as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, and it paves the way for the next generation of phones that will take full advantage of 3G-based networks.

More information:

Broadcom touts new "3G phone on a chip", could show up in 3G iPhone (Ars Technica)

Broadcom unveils integrated 3G chip, shares rise (PC World)

Broadcom introduces 3G on chip (News.com)

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