Broadcom announced that Nokia has selected Broadcom’s single-chip cellular baseband processor and its companion power management unit (PMU) for selected future EDGE mobile phones.
“Nokia has been following the development of Broadcom’s single chip EDGE processor and we were impressed with the progress made by the Broadcom team,” said Peter Ropke, Senior Vice President of Nokia’s Mobile Phones Broad Appeal Business Unit. “Broadcom’s EDGE solution delivers an advanced feature-set at low power, small size, and low system cost, which make it an excellent foundation for Nokia’s future EDGE products.”
“Broadcom is proud to be selected as one of Nokia’s EDGE partners and delighted by the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with the company. Nokia’s thorough and constructive technical evaluation process demonstrated its no-compromise approach to ensuring the technical strength of its future mobile phones,” said Yossi Cohen, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom’s Mobile Platforms Group.
Broadcom first announced the BCM21331 (“Venus”) single-chip EDGE multimedia processor at 3GSM in February 2007. Designed in 65 nanometer CMOS process technology, the BCM21331 integrates an EDGE RF transceiver and all of the corresponding analog and digital baseband functions, as well as high performance multimedia and connectivity support. Together with the highly integrated and power efficient BCM59035 PMU, the new solution accommodates small board space and slim designs that require the highest integration, lowest power consumption and lowest bill of materials available.
According to market research firm iSuppli, the EDGE segment of the mobile phone market is projected to grow from 245 million units in 2007 to over 408 million units in 2009.