Marvell announces quad-core processor for smartphones and tablets
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Marvell Technology Group is a fabless semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California. They’ve been around since 1995 and besides processors they also make broadband and wireless transceivers, and storage controllers.
Their new quad-core System-on-Chip (SoC) is called the PXA1088 and should come as good news to globetrotters. According to the company the chip provides high performance, low power consumption and support for every global broadband standard there is.
The PXA1088 is based on ARM’s quad-core Cortex-A7 with added WCDMA and TD-SCDMA modem technology. The complete platform includes the company’s Avastar 88W8777 WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM single-chip SoC. The Hybrid Location Processor is called the L2000 GNSS and there’s also integrated power management and an audio codec IC. Marvell claims it to be “a low-cost 3G platform for both smartphones and tablets”.
The PXA1088 platform is currently being tested by clients globally, and is expected to make its way to the market sometime this year. Marvell will be showcasing the PXA1088 at their “Connected Lifestyle” booth, number 6C44 (in Hall 6) at Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.