Raspberry Pi expects to have volume devices on the market by the end of the month. That means $25 and $35 (with ethernet) Broadcom ARM11 ARM Powered Desktops are thus just about to be broadly available.
They plan mass production and deliveries by Christmas this year of the $25 ARM Powered PC. It's basically a Broadcom ARM11 based SoC on a PCB with USB host, Ethernet, SD Card slot and a HDMI output.
Here's the press release:
The new BCM28150 HSPA+ baseband integrates a Broadcom® Merlyn™ applications processor with the latest VideoCore® IV mobile multimedia/graphics technology. This new baseband offers customers one of the highest performance, smallest footprint size and lowest power smartphone solutions available for Android™ and other open operating systems.
Broadcom's new Merlyn applications processor technology is integrated into the BCM28150. Merlyn processors combine ARM Cortex A9 class processors with Broadcom's high performance low latency bus architecture and world class multimedia to create a scalable processing engine for all future Broadcom basebands targeted at smartphone applications.
The accompanying reference platform includes the 40 nanometer (40nm) BCM28150 HSPA+ system-on-a-chip (SoC) smartphone processer, the BCM2091 radio frequency IC, the BCM59056 advanced power management unit (PMU) with charger and audio support, and a full complement of Broadcom's world-class connectivity technologies. Broadcom will be demonstrating its newBCM28150 smartphone processor reference design at next week's 2011 Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, fromFebruary 14th through February 17th.
- The BCM28150 HSPA+ baseband processor integrates the Broadcom Merlyn applications processor technology, providing an optimal combination of high performance and low power applications and multimedia processing power for smartphones. Key features of the BCM28150 SoC include:
- Dual ARM Cortex™ A9 cores at 1.1 GHz frequencies that incorporate the ARM Neon™ 128-bit SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) engine, which is vitally important for delivering flexible, powerful acceleration and low power operation for consumer multimedia applications such as Adobe® Flash®.
- An integrated HSPA+ release 8 category 14 modem that supports 21 Megabits per second (Mbps) of downstream connectivity, as well as Class 33 EDGE support for greater flexibility and worldwide roaming.
- Broadcom's industry-leading VideoCore IV with vector processing unit (VPU) offering a 'third processing core' for offloading MHz from the Cortex A9 cores, reducing power consumption while improving the Android user interface experience.VideoCore's high performance graphics engine supports powerful shaders and over 1Gpx/s fill rates and can render 3D mobile games natively at up to 1080p resolution at high frame rates which, in combination with a HDMI output, allows a console-quality gaming experience on large screen HDTVs.
- Advanced imaging with support for 20Mpx sensors and multiple camera inputs for stereoscopic (3D) capture and gesture recognition with advanced ISP feature support (red eye, face tracking, smile detection, etc.).
- A small 12x12 PoP memory package.
- The BCM21850 baseband reference platform has been tailored to deliver the most advanced smartphone features along with built-in HSPA+ connectivity, enabled entirely with Broadcom silicon to ensure the highest level of integration and seamless functionality across its various components.
- Installed with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and support for popular audio and video codecs, including VP8 and Vorbis audio for support of HTML5.
- Other platform features include:
- 4.3-inch WVGA TFT LCD with capacitive touch screen
- 1080p30 camcorder using Broadcom's integrated ISP
- Simultaneous LCD and 1080p60 HDMI output with 3D graphics
- High quality 3D gaming and graphics at 1Gpx/s
- Blu-ray-quality 1080p60 video playback at very low power levels
- 12 megapixel camera imaging (up to 20Mpx)
- Release 8 Category 14 (21 Mbps) HSPA+ modem support
- The reference platform also incorporates Broadcom's industry-leading wireless connectivity technology:
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and other connectivity options are pre-integrated into the platform, enabling OEMs to efficiently add best-in-class wireless technologies and expanded functionality for next generation smartphones.
- BCM4329 for best-in-class integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and FM technologies
- BCM47511 GPS transceiver with integrated support for GLONASS, providing a high-performance solution with access to the widest possible constellation of satellites for improved location performance
Broadcom's InConcert® co-existence technology is also featured within the Merlyn platform, applying interference mitigation techniques to make Broadcom's leading wireless technologies work better together and with less interference.
- Broadcom Rolls Out Range of Components (pocketnow.com)
- Broadcom announces yet another Android-friendly dual-core processor (engadget.com)
- Broadcom Enters the Dual Core Mobile Chip Wars (gigaom.com)
- Broadcom intros dual-core 1.1GHz ARM chip with 1080p video (electronista.com)
It's ARM11 at up to 800Mhz, HVGA 480x320 or WQVGA 400x240, 3G integrated on the chip, 65 nm digital CMOS process, support for Android 2.2 and up. That is what is claimed by Broadcom representatives in a Fortune Magazine CNN post.
To be clear, That sub $100 price is not the cost of materials, it is the suggested retail price after the manufacturers (and carriers) have taken their profits.
This could enable Android to accelerate into first position in worldwide Smartphone sales by next year in front of Symbian even, generating most of possibly as many as 500 million smartphones to be sold next year (up from 269 million smartphones sold in 2010 and 173 million in 2009).
Thus as Android might have been activating 30 thousand smartphones per day (less than 1 million per month) back on 1st January 2010 and has officially been announced to be activating 300'000 smartphones per day (9 million per month) by 1st January 2011 (900% growth rate year over year), if Android expansion accelerates as can be expected with this type of platform to reach sub-$100 and sub-$75 unlocked sales prices to reach China, India and other developing markets during 2011, it may reach an activation rate of closer to 1 million units per day by 1st January 2012 yet another 300% growth rate in a year.
Within a year, the smartphone could thus become the dominant fastest selling device to access the Internet in front of the laptop. While cheaper Android devices means the developing world can finally afford access to smartphones (better than Symbian stuff), it also means carriers in rich countries may have to come up with new tricks if they want to continue making huge profits on wireless phone services. As sub-$100 Android phones can be bought, consumers in rich countries will also decide to buy those with pre-pay services, more and more data centric, and that could trigger the disruption of the "carrier-subsidized" Android super phone carrier model. Which model is not as much about a carrier "subsidizing" a phone than it is about a consumer over-paying on 2-year contracts on a phone device presented as overpriced if bought unlocked.
If you thought Android's huge growth was impressive while most phones are bought with 2-year $2500 contracts, just wait for Android's continued growth once most of them will be bought below $100 without any contracts needed.
- Broadcom announces dual-core BCM2157 processor, promises high-end features for cheap Android phones (engadget.com)
- Broadcom Readying Chip for Low-cost Android Smartphones (pcworld.com)
- Broadcom outs new Android smartphone platform (slashgear.com)
Posted at netbooknews.com, this video features the Broadcom Persona BCM11211, which I am not sure if it's currently ARM Cortex A8 or A9 based (as Broadcom officially has announced in September 2009 to be licencing ARM Cortex A9). This video of the Broadcom Tablet reference designs feature remote DLNA remote control of a HDTV as well as a cool demonstration of 720p HD video-conferencing on Android, and actual announced products to be released by NTT Docomo and another design with video-gaming controls by Askey that is part of the Pegatron/Asus group.
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