Ships home grown quadcore app processor with integrated LTE modem
Samsung, a manufacturer of mobile handsets, has started shipment of its internally created quadcore application processor with integrated LTE modem.
The chip consists of a 1.4GHz quadcore application processor and a 2G, 3G and 4G modem.
Jim Mielke, vice president of engineering at ABI research, commented: 'We have seen a number of generations of Samsung LTE single-mode modems, and the higher marketed multi-core processors (Exynos family), but this is the first introduction of a quadcore processor with an integrated tri-mode modem (2G, 3G, and 4G).'
Samsung is only the second company to ship an application processor with an integrated LTE modem, with Qualcomm being the other supplier in production, noted ABI Research.
Mielke continued: 'This is also the first time we have seen a complete chipset from Samsung, whereas prior chips from the company were surrounded by other suppliers for power management and RF.'
The complete chipset found in the Samsung phone includes a Samsung power management unit (PMU) and a Samsung 2G, 3G and 4G transceiver. Other notable components found in the phone include a multi-mode/multi-band PA from TriQuint, an audio Hub from Wolfson Microelectronics, a MEMS microphone from Knowles, and Wi-Fi/BT and GPS solutions from Broadcom.