Samsung Adds Broadcom Chips for 3G Phones

The world's No. 2 cell-phone maker accelerates 3G handset deployments.

Officials with Samsung, the worlds second-largest cell-phone maker, said Oct. 7 they are shipping its new 3G handsets with Broadcom chips. The collaboration extends a deal first struck last year between the two companies for Samsung to launch Broadcoms first-generation 3G technology.

The Broadcom 3G cellular solutions selected by Samsung, of Seoul, South Korea, for its SGH-J750 and SGH-A401 mobile phones include the BCM2133 EDGE baseband processor, the BCM2141 WCDMA co-processor, the BCM2045 Bluetooth transceiver and the BCM59001 PMU (power management unit).

The new Samsung 3G mobile phones are now shipping to cellular operators in multiple countries, including Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Additional Samsung products with Broadcoms 3G solutions will be released by the Christmas season.


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"Broadcom is a capable and valued partner for Samsung and as the 3G market grows very rapidly, we expect that our relationship will become more successful in the future," J.K. Shin, executive vice president of Samsungs Telecommunications Network Business, said in a statement.

The EDGE hardware accelerators minimize power consumption while users browse the Internet, download e-mail or view streaming video over EDGE networks. The BCM2133 integrates a full set of multimedia features including two-megapixel digital camera support, video record and playback capabilities, stereo MP3 player and support for 64-tone polyphonic ringtones.

When paired with the BCM2133, the BCM2141 allows users to remain connected as they travel among GSM, GPRS, EDGE or WCDMA coverage areas. The BCM2141 also utilizes a low-power architecture to improve battery life and a programmable RF interface for system-design flexibility.

Yossi Cohen, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcoms Mobile Platforms Group, in Irvine, Calif., said in a statement Samsung matches "very well with Broadcoms capabilities and aggressive engineering execution culture. The resulting combination is a promising future of delivering new products to market quickly."


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