The ARM SoC market space for the mobile market is getting crowded, but it doesn't seem to stop Broadcom getting into the game with several new models optimized for Android 4.0. The company has announced the BCM28155, BCM28145 and BCM21654G at the MWC, all based on ARM's Cortex-A9 core.

The ARM SoC market space for the mobile market is getting crowded, but it doesn't seem to stop Broadcom getting into the game with several new models optimized for Android 4.0. The company has announced the BCM28155, BCM28145 and BCM21654G at the MWC, all based on ARM's Cortex-A9 core.

The most basic model is the BCM21654G which is a single core 1GHz chip with an integrated HSPA modem that supports download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.8Mbps. There's also support for 8Megapixel camera sensors, 720p video recording and accelerated 2D and 3D graphics courtesy of Broadcom's own VideoCore IV technology.

The BCM28145 and BCM28155 appears to be near identical in terms of what's on offer, as both are a dual core SoCs with clock speeds of up to 1.3GHz with support for HSPA+ download speeds of up to 21Mbps and upload speeds of 5.8Mbps. The main difference appear to be the fact that the BCM28155 supports 1080p video whereas the BCM28145 is limited to 720p video, but both processors support still images up to 20Megapixels. As with the BCM21654G, the BCM28145and BCM28155 sports Broadcom's VideoCore IV technology.

All three models support 400MHz LPDDR2 memory; although the BCM28155 has an advantage over the other two models by having a dual-channel memory interface. Broadcom is also offering companion chips that add Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Display support, GPS and GLOSNASS support as well as NFC. All three models apparently support dual-SIM as well, a feature that seems to be mostly popular in the Asian market.

The only downside as we can see it is that Broadcom is manufacturing its new SoCs at 40nm, which means that are likely to run hotter and use a bit more power than its competitors whom are moving its latest products to 32 or 28nm. All three solutions will go into production in the second half of the year, suggesting that these will end up in mid-range handsets that should launch towards the end of the year. Broadcom is currently sampling customers, but didn't mention any potential partners.

Source: Broadcom