Marvell brings muscle to 3G & LTE with quad-cores - Embedded.com

Marvell brings muscle to 3G & LTE with quad-cores

To give its mature 3G cellular modem building blocks a bit more muscle for 3G, Marvell has just announced an SoC in which it has been paired with a new quad-core apps/communication processor. It will also be announcing later at the Mobile Congress a similar configuration for use with LTE modems.

The PXA 1088 leverages Marvel’s proven WCDMA and TD-SCDMA modem Technology and is being positioned at use in both smartphones and tablets.

The chip is being fabricated by using a 40-nm process and has been optimized for multimedia and gaming applications with universal connectivity. As such it includes such things as Avastar 88W8777 WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0 + FM single-chip SoC and the L2000 GNSS Hybrid Location Processor, and an integrated power management and audio codec IC.

Marvell’s PXA1088 is backward pin-to-pin compatible with its dual-core single-chip Unified 3G Platform, PXA988/PXA986, enabling device partners to upgrade next-generation mobile devices to quad-core without any additional design cost.

Marvell will be demonstrating the PXA1088 along with an apps/modem processor that includes LTE at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.

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