Marvell unveiled the first single unified 3G platform. The platform features PXA988 and PXA986 SoCs combined with the company’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, Near Field Communications (NFC) and GPS combo, plus RF transceivers and integrated PMIC solutions for TD-SCDMA and WCDMA markets. With pin-to-pin compatibility, the same PCBs and ID designs, OS, application and multimedia software can address both markets, simplifying design cycles and lowering costs
The PXA988 is designed for the China 3G TD-SCDMA market. It’s the newest member of the PXA920 family of mobile processors that already powers millions of smartphones in China. It features high performance Cortex A9 1.2GHz processors and full 1080p encode/decode capability, and it is equipped with an integrated image signal processor (ISP), advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that can achieve 192 million triangles per second (MT/s) and a breakthrough 533MHz LPDDR2 memory architecture for enhanced CPU and system performance. It features a TD-HSPA+ R8 modem supporting dual-carrier aggregation.
The PXA986 single-chip, dual-core mobile processor was designed for WCDMA markets and is pin-to-pin compatible with and has an identical high-performance application processor subsystem as the PXA988. It features a HSPA+ R7 modem that supports 21.1 Mbps download data-rate and 5.76 Mbps upload data-rate, making it a viable solution for 4G smartphones. The PXA986 modem also supports critical features such as Dual SIM Dual Talk. Samples for the unified platform are available.
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