Broadcom Corporation (News
) has announced
that its Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio combination chip has been selected by Samsung (News
) to provide navigation, location-based services and key connectivity functionality in new handsets.
Company sources added that the new Samsung handsets that integrate the Broadcom InConnect BCM2075 combo chip includes the Blue Earth handset and the Corby Pro.
Samsung combines connectivity technologies to deliver handsets that serve different user profiles. The Samsung Blue Earth phone includes a small solar panel to charge the battery.
The Broadcom BCM2075 combo chip integrates three radios and along with the InConcert collaborative co-existence technology lets these radios operate together with least interference thereby enhancing user experience.
Also, the connectivity processor offloads many of the functions connected with connectivity performance by the host so that it can focus on more computationally intensive applications.
“Positioning technologies are introducing a new dimension to software applications on mobile phones, enabling them to deliver personalized content and services based on the users location,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadcom’s Wireless Connectivity Group Robert Rango.
Although wireless connectivity and multimedia functionality are must have features in smartphones these technologies make the phone system more complex requiring additional power.
Broadcom’s InConcert combo chip solutions have been designed to reduce complexity of integrating and using these technologies by offloading processing functions from the host. This reduces overall system power consumption. Also the solutions offer connectivity options that comply with high performance standards.
Company sources revealed that these combo chips have been integrated in handsets that feature advanced wireless connectivity. The InConcert BCM2075 combo chip solution features Bluetooth 3.0 compliant on-chip sub-band codec support. The FM radio offers live programs and integrated MP3 recording to facilitate audio time shifting like in digital video recorder or DVR operations.
The GPS core leverages a host-based integration architecture that divides the processing duties between the BCM2075 and the host CPU system in order to offload some activities from the host and enable a low power consuming GPS, said company sources.
The new technology also lets wireless devices to co-exist collaboratively to make products enabled with Broadcom wireless connectivity chips to intelligently reduce radio interference, synchronize transmissions to maximize throughput and performance for multiple radio technologies.
Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri