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".
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a turnkey reference platform designed to help OEMs rapidly develop a portfolio of affordable 4G LTE mobile devices. This new platform is targeted at the rapidly growing sub $300 LTE smartphone market. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.
Broadcom's fifth generation turnkey platform supports Android KitKat and utilizes the company's pin-to-pin compatible dual-core M320 or upcoming quad-core M340 LTE SoC and best-in-class connectivity and location technology. With complete design reuse between dual-core and quad-core basebands, OEMs can develop multiple devices with the same platform design while lowering engineering costs and accelerating time to market. Certification by leading carriers worldwide and Category 4 (Cat 4) speeds in FDD-LTE and TD-LTE modes enable OEMs to deliver high-performance smartphones with seamless worldwide roaming capabilities.
LTE delivers a significantly enhanced browsing and streaming experience. In fact, LTE users consume 1.5GB of data per month on average - almost twice the average amount consumed by non-LTE users. By offering a turnkey LTE design with 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location and near field communication (NFC) technologies, Broadcom is enabling consumers around the world to experience faster browsing, shorter download times and more reliable video streaming at unprecedented price points.
"We project that the LTE baseband market will register about 64 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to reach over 500 million units," said Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, Handset Component Technologies service at 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 turnkey team achieved a design with a very low cost bill of material (RBOM) to enable handset companies to quickly and efficiently take Broadcom's LTE solutions to market," said Robert Rango, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Wireless Group. "In addition, this turnkey design is flexible and allows OEMs to build a wide range of LTE handsets."
Additional Product Features
Cat 4 150 Mbps LTE speeds in FDD-LTE and TD-LTE modes and up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSPA+ 3G as well as GSM/EDGE BCM2095 LTE RF transceiver enables FDD and TD LTE/3G/2G band support for worldwide roaming VoLTE and HD voice support HD display, imaging and graphics for an immersive consumer experience Pre-integrated with the Android KitKat operating system Reduces LTE modem power consumption by up to 30 percent for extended hours of use Broadcom's best-in-class connectivity - 5G WiFi, Bluetooth Smart, NFC and location technologies Availability Broadcom's M320 LTE SoC is in production now.
Broadcom will showcase its mobile innovations for Category 4 and Category 6 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, February 24-27.
For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS Feed.
Resources:  GSMA Intelligence report, Global LTE network forecasts and assumptions, 2013-2017, Nov 2013
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.
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