Broadcom outs one-chip Smartphone platform

Broadcom has announced a new smartphone on a chip in the shape of the BCM21553, a baseband processor that combines an ARM design with HSPA (high-speed packet access) technology and a custom graphics display.

The chip cobbler said the processor is the first to combine high-speed upstream package applicatons with 3G connectivity and built-in graphics processing.

The BCM21553's integrated ARM11 processor supports a number of operating systems including Windows Mobile and Android

The graphics capability is Broadcom's own technology and supports up to HVGA quality, and the ability to encode and decode H.264 video at 30 frames per second.

A complemantary RF transceiver supports all global frequency combinations covering the latest 3G-enabled devices.

Jim Tran, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's mobile communications division, said, "We are now enabling a new generation of increasingly affordable handsets that will offer the fastest cellular connectivity available, as well as the most popular smartphone features including wireless connectivity and diverse mobile applications."