Broadcom to bring mobile phone based on Android Open Source Project

Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it will demonstrate a complete mobile phone reference design platform based on the Android Open Source Project at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This design features exciting new multimedia applications for the Android platform enabling the next generation of media rich handsets with a 720p high- definition (HD) camcorder, a video player with HDMI output to HDTVs, and up to 12 megapixel digital still cameras with advanced face tracking, smile and blink detection. The Android-enabled mobile phone platform is an industry- first, providing MWC show participants with a preview of compelling new features enabled by Broadcom® technology.

Mobile phones are quickly evolving to include more advanced multimedia capabilities such as high definition video, mobile TV, personal navigation, high quality camcorder and digital camera features that rival standalone products. It is expected that the true mobile web experience in next generation smartphones will include rich multimedia capabilities, as well as the ability to play video on a cell phone regardless of source resolution. As a result, mobile phones will need to be able to support all popular multimedia\ formats so that content available on the web is accessible and playable on the handset.

“Coupling our proven silicon technologies with the Android platform enables next generation smartphones to take a significant leap forward in capabilities,” said Mark Casey, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom’s Mobile Multimedia line of business. “Our VideoCore® III mobile multimedia architecture enables users to capture, play and upload high definition video, shoot high quality photos up to 12 megapixels, and play advanced 3D games, providing a fully immersive wireless web 2.0 experience.”

Broadcom’s Android-based design platform for mobile phones includes the Broadcom BCM2153 HEDGE (HSDPA + EDGE) 3G multimedia baseband processor, the BCM2727 mobile multimedia processor with VideoCore III architecture, the BCM4325 Bluetooth®/Wi-Fi®/FM receiver combo chip, the BCM4750 assisted global positioning systems (AGPS) receiver, the BCM2940 mobile TV receiver, and the BCM59035 power management unit. This reference design combination of single-chip solutions enables handset OEMs to develop mobile phones with the following features and capabilities:

– Supports the Android platform
– Enables H.264 High Profile 720p 30fps HD camcorders
– Provides multi-format 720p 30fps high definition video playback
– Supports digital still cameras up to 12 megapixels
– Enables advanced camera effects such as red eye reduction, face
tracking with smile and blink detection, and motion stabilization
– Capable of 3D game quality graphics that exceeds today’s handheld game
– Enables HDMI output for video playback or gaming on HDTVs
– Supports 3G HSDPA cellular communications
– Supports 802.11b, 802.11g, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data
(EDR) capabilities, and FM receive
– Provides assisted-GPS location-enabled capabilities
– Supports DVB-H/DVB-T standards for mobile TV reception
– Provides extended battery life that enables multiple hours of viewing,
recording, gaming and talking

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