LONDON – Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has announced that it has Android platforms that should enable customers to make $100 retail TD-SCDMA and EDGE/Wi-Fi smartphones with 1-GHz clock performance. The TD-SCDMA platform is based on the SC8810 chip and the EDGE/Wi-Fi platform is based on the SC6820 chip, Spreadtrum (Shanghai, China) said.
These chips are both a step up from the 600-MHz clocked SC8805G for TD-SCDMA and the SC6810 for EDGE/WiFi intended for$40 handsets.
The SC8810 and SC6820 are both based on the Cortex-A5 processor core
licensed from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and implemented in
40-nm CMOS. The chips include a Mali GPU with 3D/2D graphics
acceleration and supports high definition video playback, a 5 megapixel
camera, a WVGA touch panel and connectivity features including
Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. Both products combine silicon hardware with
turnkey Android software.
The SC8805G and the SC6810 incorporate an ARM-9 processor, integrate power management and support Android 2.2, 2-D graphics, camera support up to 5-megapixels, MPEG4 decoder and encoder, an HVGA touch screen LCD display, as well as connectivity and broadcast functions including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM and mobile TV.
The key differences are:Cortex A5 versus ARM-9, dedicated GPU graphics acceleration in the 1-GHz models, WVGA versus HVGA touchscreen and Android 2.3, 3 and 4 support versus Android 2.2.
"Our 1GHz Android platform sets a new bar for low-cost smartphone performance," said Leo Li, Spreadtrum's CEO, in a statement. "The graphics and web browsing performance of the SC8810 and SC6820 compares favorably to one of the most popular smartphone models globally, delivering a high performance applications and gaming experience for consumers. This type of experience has previously been available only in mid- to high-end handset models and can now be delivered by OEMs in $100 smartphone models. This will reshape the definition of and consumer expectations for a low-cost handset."
Industry analysts expect the smartphone market in China to exceed 100 million units in 2012, leading global demand for smartphone products.
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