mp5232 Renesas gets into the LTE device chipset market

By now it's pretty clear that LTE is the next generation of mobile wireless connectivity technology for smartphones and tablets, but so far there has been a shortage of SoCs with integrated LTE support and apparently Renesas Electronics thinks it's found a good entry point into what is a very competitive market. In all fairness, Renesas inherited a range of mobile SoCs designs from NEC, but most of them weren't very popular outside of the Japanese market, something that the new MP5232 has the opportunity to change.

By now it's pretty clear that LTE is the next generation of mobile wireless connectivity technology for smartphones and tablets, but so far there has been a shortage of SoCs with integrated LTE support and apparently Renesas Electronics thinks it's found a good entry point into what is a very competitive market. In all fairness, Renesas inherited a range of mobile SoCs designs from NEC, but most of them weren't very popular outside of the Japanese market, something that the new MP5232 has the opportunity to change.

Despite the lack of a cool marketing name, the MP5232 is Renesas' first integrated LTE triple-mode SoC. If you're not keeping up on your mobile data connectivity terminology, we'll make things simple, as in this case triple-mode means LTE category 4 (up to 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up), DC-HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps down) and of course good old fashioned EDGE. Besides great connectivity we're looking at a pair of ARM Cortex-A9 cores with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz, unspecified PowerVR SGX graphics, although we'd dare to suggest that we're looking at an SGX540 core here, or possibly an SGX545 if we're really lucky.

mp5232 Renesas gets into the LTE device chipset market

Other integrated features include support for up to 20Megapixel camera sensors, full HD video encoding and decoding, an audio subsystem and a sensor control framework, pretty much all the bits you need for a smartphone or a tablet. The MP5232 does of course support feature such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radios, NFC, HDMI and a wide range of other features. However, what makes this chip really interesting isn't so much the feature set as Renesas target market, which is the US$150-300 device space, whereas most competing LTE equipped devices are ending up in the US$600+ market space according to Renesas.

It's not clear if Renesas has any takers for the MP5232 as yet, but the company is also working on a quad core SoC with an otherwise similar feature set, although this as yet un-named chip is of course targeting higher priced devices. Renesas will be at the Mobile World Congress demoing its new mobile solutions at the end of this month and hopefully we'll find out some more details then.

Source: Renesas