Chips Enable Cheaper Smartphones

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Nokia just announced plans to launch a TD-SCDMA version of its Lumia 920 Windows Phone. The handset, designated Lumia 920T, will be available on China Mobile by the end of the year in a choice of four colors.

Nokia’s 920T is the first Windows Phone to support China’s TD-SCDMA standard and the first Windows Phone 8 device available in China.

The Lumia 920T specs are almost identical to its western sibling with the same 4.5-inch 1280×768-pixel PureMotion HD+ display, 8.7-megapixel f/2.0 Carl Zeiss autofocus camera, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (plus 1GB RAM).

The Lumia 920T integrates with local Internet services such as Sina, Sohu, Tencent, Baidu and Renren and provides access to both the Chinese Marketplace (50,000 apps) and Mobile Market (China Mobile’s app store). It also offers NFC deals on location-based service Jiepang (in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou).

Also today Nokia introduced the Lumia 620, the third and most affordable in its range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Alongside the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 and mid-range Nokia Lumia 820, the Nokia Lumia 620 offers a Snapdragon S4 processor, 3.8-inch TFT WVGA 800×480 ClearBlack screen, five megapixel main camera and VGA front-facing camera. It will cost USD $249, and will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

Qualcomm today announced that it is adding two chipsets to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 family of mobile processors, the MSM8226 and MSM8626 chipsets. The quad-core CPUs will bring premium multimedia and connectivity features to high-volume 3G handsets.

In addition to quad-core CPU processing power, these chipsets incorporate the new WTR2605 multi-mode radio transceiver, optimized for China’s TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1xAdv and HSPA+. The MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors are fabricated using the 28nm technology and will support multi-SIM capabilities.

The Adrenoâ„¢ 305 GPU, features 1080p capture and playback, and up to a 13 megapixel camera, the MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors are optimized to deliver visually stunning graphics and exceptionally long battery life to high-volume smartphones. Both processors will be ready for customer sampling by the second quarter of 2013 for UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA.

Meanwhile, Broadcom’s newest cellular baseband processor has an advanced connectivity suite including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. Broadcom’s smartphone platform is optimized for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and is powered by the BCM21664T, with 1.2GHz HSPA+ cellular baseband.

Broadcom says by integrating advanced features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS and at faster speeds, Broadcom enables Android handset makers to deliver a high-caliber smartphone experience at a lower price point.

Broadcom will start providing sample LTE chipsets to customers next year. It’s a leading provider of combo chips, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and GPS onto a single chip, but does not yet offer an integrated LTE solution.

Qualcomm saw a double-digit increase in sales this year and is now the world’s third-largest chip maker, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. Intel and Samsung are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

With a 27.2% growth in semiconductor revenue, Qualcomm is booming while seven of the top 10 semiconductor suppliers are dealing with declining sales. Only two years ago, Qualcomm was in ninth place among chip makers worldwide. This is the first time that Qualcomm has ranked as high as third in the chip market.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 8:47 am .

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