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Unified 3G platform supports TD-SCDMA, WCDMA

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TD-SCDMA? WCDMA? PXA988? PXA986? Cortex A9?

Marvell has released a single unified 3G platform that feature the Marvell PXA988 and PXA986the next-generation of its single-chip application and communications processor. With pin-to-pin compatibility, OEMs can leverage the same PCB and ID designs and OS, application and multimedia software to address both the WCDMA and TD-SCDMA markets.

According to the company, the PXA988 and PXA986 SoCs integrate high-performance, 1.2GHz dual-core processors with cutting-edge cellular modems to support advanced multimedia capabilities consumers demand for their mobile devices. The successor of Marvell's PXA920 and PXA968 families of mobile processors, the Marvell 3G platform combines field-proven modem technologies with new features designed to bring universal connectivity and high-performance, low-cost processing power to mobile devices around the world, added the company.

Designed specifically for the China 3G TD-SCDMA market, the PXA988 is the next generation of the PXA920 family of mobile processors that according to Marvell powers millions of smartphones in China. Building from the momentum and success of the PXA920 and PXA920H, Marvell's single-chip, dual-core PXA988 features high performance Cortex A9 1.2GHz processors and full 1080p encode/decode capability, which makes it ideal for high-quality multimedia playback and video capturing. The PXA988 is equipped with an integrated image signal processor (ISP), advanced GPU that can achieve 192MT/s and 533MHz LPDDR2 memory architecture for enhanced CPU and system performance, detailed the company. The PXA988 features a TD-HSPA+ R8 modem that supports dual-carrier aggregation and represents the next-generation of TD-SCDMA technology. The modem also supports Dual SIM Dual Talk, which enables users to activate two services on a single smartphone, and Downlink Dual Carrier (DLDC).

The PXA986 single-chip, dual-core mobile processor was geared for WCDMA markets and is pin-to-pin compatible with the PXA988, effectively streamlining and reducing costs for OEM design cycles. Powered by the identical high-performance application processor subsystem as the PXA988, OEMs can seamlessly re-use their operating system and multimedia software across both mobile platforms to minimize design resources and decrease time to market. The PXA986 features a HSPA+ R7 modem, which supports 21.1Mb/s download data-rate and 5.76Mb/s upload data-rate, making it a viable solution for 4G smartphones. The PXA986 modem also supports critical features such as Dual SIM Dual Talk.

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