SAN FRANCISCO—Marvell Monday (May 20) rolled out a quad-core, single-chip solution combining applications processor functionality with an LTE modem. According to Marvell (Santa Clara, Calif.), the PXA1088 LTE is the industry's first mass market, quad-core chip with five-mode cellular support.
The PXA1088 LTE—part of Marvell's Armada family of mobile chips—is designed to support the highest levels of performance available in the industry today with Category 4 throughputs of 150 Mbps and support for LTE in both FDD and TDD modes, Marvell said. The PXA1088 LTE also features WCDMA and TD-SCDMA modem technology with a dual-radio dual link LTE voice solution, in addition to a circuit switched fallback voice solution, and voice over LTE based on IP multimedia subsystem, Marvell said.
The PXA1088 LTE supports LTE TDD and FDD, HSPA+, TD-HSPA+ and EDGE, according to Marvell. Weili Dai, Marvell's co-founder, said in an interview with EE Times Monday that supporting global cellular standards and category and Category 4 of the LTE standard gives the PXA1088 LTE a leg up on its competition.
"Today, consumers global consumers are globally connected," Dai said. "Everywhere they go the solution really needs to work."
Marvell’s LTE modem technology is field proven and certified by major global operators, including China Mobile.
The PXA1088 LTE is based on ARM Cortex-A7 and supports high-performance graphics and Avastar wireless connectivity, including WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0 + FM single-chip SoC and the L2000 GNSS Hybrid Location Processor, as well as an integrated power management and audio codec IC, Marvell said.
Dai LTE deployment is starting to take off in some parts of the world, but that the cost of the technology needs to come down in order for it to reach its full potential.
"This is going to be one of the movers and shakers to drive LTE," Dai said of the PXA 1088. "I believe this is a game-changing movement for the industry to offer global consumers all the cost and performance benefits and freedom that LTE mobile broadband connectivity provides."
Marvell is now sampling the PXA1088 LTE, with mass production expected by the end of this year, Dai said. She added that Marvell is making significant progress on LTE design wins with global Tier 1 OEMs.