Broadcom Introduces 65nm 3G HSPA Chipset Solution to Enable High-Speed, Low Cost Smartphone Devices

New HSUPA Processor Integrates Powerful OpenGL(R) 2.0 Graphics Core and Advanced Applications Processor

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 8 — (PRNewswire) — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new single-chip HSPA (high-speed packet access) baseband processor and a radio frequency (RF) transceiver solution that integrates all of the key 3G (third generation) cellular and mobile technologies for powering the 3G smartphone and smart feature phone product segments. The advanced baseband processor is the first to provide extremely high-speed cellular connectivity with advanced, built-in graphics capabilities, for HSUPA (high speed upstream packet access) applications. The RF transceiver solution complements the advanced HSUPA processor to provide support for all global frequency combinations covering the latest 3G-enabled devices.

Designed in Broadcom's proven 65 nanometer CMOS process, the new '3G phone-on-a-chip' and RF solution enables manufacturers to build low cost, low power, next generation 3G HSUPA phones with breakthrough features, sleek form factors and very long battery lives. Utilizing an integrated ARM11® processor that is capable of running popular open operating systems (such as Windows Mobile® and Android™), the Broadcom® BCM21553 HSUPA baseband processor can run innovative new applications and download media files at a much faster speed, resulting in sophisticated and affordable handsets, and a more satisfying smartphone experience.

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Smartphones and smart featurephones continue to grow in popularity, with users attracted by the ability to download and use new software applications and view rich multimedia content. Highlighting the growing preference to use these phones for wirelessly accessing data, ABI Research projects over 350 petabytes of data will be transferred using smartphones in 2010, which is roughly equivalent to three times as much information as is contained in the Library of Congress.
  • The Broadcom BCM21553 baseband processor enables the next generation of smartphones by supporting 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) releases 6 and 7, which provide up to 5.8 Mbps (Megabits per second) of upstream connectivity, 7.2 Mbps of downstream connectivity and support next generation CS (circuit switches) over HSPA services.
    • Includes Broadcom PRISM (programmable interference suppression module) technology, which mitigates interference from radio signals emanating from neighboring cells, to provide higher performance gains in high interference environments where they're needed the most.
    • Integrates a high performance 3D graphics core with full support for the OpenGL® ES 2.0 graphics standard, providing rich 2D and 3D graphics for applications and advanced user interfaces.
  • Open operating system (OS) support is a key requirement for today's 3G smartphones, making these devices available to a broader range of software developers and innovative applications. By taking an Open OS approach, phones based on Broadcom technology can provide more mobile applications to users and an even better user experience.
    • The BCM21553's integrated high performance ARM11 processor can support Windows Mobile and Android open operating systems, eliminating the need for an external applications processor, which in turn saves size and cost, reduces system complexity, and improves battery life for 3G handset devices.
  • The powerful graphics core built into the BCM21553 baseband processor is based on Broadcom's advanced multimedia technology, providing video support up to HVGA quality, an 8 megapixel camera, and the ability to encode and decode H.264 video at 30 fps (frames per second).
  • Also introduced by the company today is the Broadcom BCM2091 radio frequency transceiver that provides RF connectivity for today's announced BCM21553 HSUPA processor, enabling the industry's smallest HSPA transceiver designed in a standard low cost, 65nm CMOS process. The BCM2091 RF transceiver delivers the following:
    • A highly flexible transceiver architecture that provides handset designers with ultimate flexibility in PCB board design and reuse across the various cellular band and mode configurations required worldwide
    • Reduces external RF engine component count by more than 40% over existing RF engines in production today, which in turn reduces bill-of-materials (BoM) cost.
  • The BCM21553 broadband processor and the BCM2091 RF transceiver are now available. Pricing is available upon request.
    • A fully proven and tested reference design, including other leading Broadcom connectivity solutions (such as Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS and FM), will also be provided.

Supporting Quotes:

Jim Tran, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Mobile Communications line of business

"We are established as a reliable supplier of baseband and other mobile technologies for popular new smartphone and advanced smart feature phone devices. With the introduction of our new BCM21553 HSUPA baseband processor and BCM2091 RF transceiver solutions, 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."

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Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.  Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment.  We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices.  These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless communications semiconductor companies, with 2009 revenue of $4.49 billion, holds more than 3,800 U.S. and 1,550 foreign patents, and has more than 7,800 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.  Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements:

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change.  Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words.  Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the demand for high-speed 3G HSUPA connectivity, our position in that market, and references to Broadcom products enabling wireless and other capabilities in new handsets.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the BCM21553 3G HSUPA broadband processor and the BCM2091 RF transceiver include, but are not limited to:

  • the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's mobile technologies;
  • trends in the wireless networking markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;
  • the gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
  • the volume of our product sales and pricing concessions on volume sales;
  • our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets; and
  • competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products.

Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.  The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

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