Shortly after Nvidia announced its Tegra 4i chipset with LTE supports, Marvell made a similar announcement and introduced the “industry's most advanced single-chip quad-core processor so smartphones and tablets with worldwide automatic roaming on 3G networks.”
Dubbed Marvell PXA1088, the new SoC (System-on-Chip) is said to provide high performance, low-power mobile computing, as well as support for all global broadband standards, which makes it perfect for users who travel a lot.
The PXA1088 SoC integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, along with WCDMA and TD-SCDMA modem technology that should provide a low-cost 3G platform for smartphones and tablets.
For the tech savyy, Marvell's latest mobile solution for smartphones and tablets with global roaming includes the Avastar 88W8777 WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, FM single-chip SoC, L2000 GNSS Hybrid Location Processor, as well as an integrated power management and audio codec IC.
It is also worth mentioning that the new SoC comes with support for the latest Android operating system, along with support for advanced WCDMA release 7, TD-SCDMA HSPA+ release 8 and EDGE class 12.
High-performance graphics engine for OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1.1, as well as OpenVG 1.1 is integrated as well, along with hardware 1080p decoder and 1080p encoder. Marvell also stated the 3G protocol stack was certified on all major carrier networks.
According to Marvell, the PXA1088 SoC will be commercially available at some point in 2013, and it will be showcased at Mobile World Congress, between February 25 and 28.
“Marvell is proud to deliver our single-chip quad-core world-mode mobile platform. This is a testament of our great technology innovation capabilities and engineering prowess to bring our unified platform from dual-core to quad-core to the smart device marketplace with multi-mode capabilities and automatic roaming on 3G networks around the world. We're very excited that global OEM/ODM partners have embraced and committed to this platform,” said Weili Dai, co-founder of Marvell.