Marvell’s New Quad-Core SoC Enables Truly Global Smartphones

Marvell Introduces Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 SoC with Support for All 3G Standards

by Anton Shilov
02/19/2013 | 08:19 PM

Marvell on Monday announced the Marvell PXA1088, a highly integrated quad-core application and communications mobile system-on-chip (SoC) that provides high performance amid low-power consumption and supports all global 3G broadband standards, enabling seamless global roaming, as well as the latest wireless connectivity technology.

 

“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 are very excited that global OEM/ODM partners have embraced and committed to this platform,” said Weili Dai, co-founder of Marvell.

The Marvell PXA1088 solution incorporates quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, advanced graphics core with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1, OpenVG 1.1 and high-def video decoding as well as support with Marvell’s mature and proven WCDMA and TD-SCDMA modem technology to provide a low-cost 3G platform for both smartphones and tablets. Marvell’s complete mobile platform solution includes the Avastar 88W8777 WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0 + FM single-chip SoC, the L2000 GNSS hybrid location processor, and an integrated power management and audio codec IC. The SoC currently supports Google Android operating system.

Marvell’s PXA1088 is backward pin-to-pin compatible with its dual-core single-chip unified 3G Platform, the PXA988/PXA986, enabling device partners to upgrade their next-generation mobile devices to quad-core without  additional design cost.

Currently, the PXA1088 platform is sampling with leading global customers. Products based on this platform are expected to be commercially available in 2013. Marvell will showcase the PXA1088 alongside a range of mobile devices powering the connected lifestyle Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.