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Broadcom BCM21551 World’s first integrated 3G cell phone chip


Broadcom today announced a new single-chip HSPA (high-speed packet access) processor BCM21551 that integrates all of the key 3G (third generation) cellular and mobile technologies on an extremely low power, single 65 nanometer CMOS die. Broadcom’s BCM21551 3G “Phone on a Chip,” combines a high-speed HSUPA 3G baseband, a multi-band radio frequency (RF) transceiver, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR) technology, an FM radio receiver and an FM radio transmitter (for car stereo music playback). The device also features advanced multimedia processing, up to five Megapixel camera support, and 30 frame per second video with “TV Out,” as well as support for the HSUPA, HSDPA, WCDMA and EDGE cellular protocols. It can even be paired with other Broadcom devices, such as Wi-Fi and GPS, PMU, or the new VideoCore III mobile multimedia processor.


The BCM21551 an ideal choice for both “mass market” high volume 3G “feature phones” as well as smartphones running an open OS such as Symbian, Windows Mobile, or Linux. The Broadcom BCM21551 3G baseband processor is available now to early access customers and is priced at $23.00 in large quantities.




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