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Broadcom unveils two LTE-enabled SoCs, which are "pin-to-pin" compatible

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Broadcom unveils two LTE-enabled SoCs, which are
Two days ago, we told you that MediaTek unveiled the first true octa-core LTE-enabled SoC in the world. Meanwhile, Broadcom, another chipset manufacturer, didn't stay out of the lights for too long. The company unveiled two new LTE-enabled systems on a chip, too - the M320 and the M340.

The M320 SoC comes with a dual-core CPU, while the M340 utilizes four cores. Both systems are "pin-to-pin compatible", which means that OEMs can use one platform design across many devices and easily switch one SoC with the other – in order to cut costs and save production time, for example. Both the M320 and the M340 SoC are capable of reaching LTE speeds up to 150Mbps (both on FDD and TDD LTE networks) and up to 42Mbps on HSPA+ 3G networks. Broadcom states that the M320 is currently in production, and it is expected that the M340 will soon follow.

"We project that the LTE baseband market will register about 64 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to reach over 500 million units," stated Sravan Kundojjala, a Senior Analyst with Strategy Analytics. "Broadcom is one of the only players with a mature carrier-ready multimode LTE SoC, the engineering expertise and the worldwide scale required to deploy complete LTE platforms. The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market."

Broadcom's new SoCs come with both VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice support on board. Additionally, the company has succeeded in decreasing the LTE power consumption by 30%, resulting in improved overall battery life.

The SoC manufacturer will showcase these new products at MWC 2014 later this month. Both the M320 and the M340 SoCs are targeted at the "sub $300 LTE smartphone market".

source: Broadcom via IntoMobile

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:25

1. a_merryman (Posts: 681; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Nice support for future tech, especially for a sub-$300 smartphone. Who knows how good the actuall cpu or gpu on the chip is. It seems like Qualcomm still can't be touched as far as the best package SoC is concerned.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:05

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 743; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


It's most likely their own GPU

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:16

3. a_merryman (Posts: 681; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That doesn't really answer the question of how good the gpu is. I would think it would be cheaper just to license someone else's gpu rather than putting in the R&D to design their own.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 22:35

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 743; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Based on GSMArena's review of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, I can safely conclude that the GPU will most likely be average

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:29

5. a_merryman (Posts: 681; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Wow, surprisingly decent as long as the specs aren't too impressive on the phone. That GFXBench T-Rex test at 1080p offscreen test was....well, it was abysmal.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 02:42

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 743; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


It's a pity they didn't add in the Epic Citadel benchmark. I always compare gaming performance of different phones with that benchmark

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