Broadcom’s ’PND-on-a-Chip’ Integrates Advanced, Low Power GPS Capabilities with Powerful Applications Processing for Stunning Graphical Navigation
--Unprecedented Levels of Integration and new Power Management Solution Drive Lower Costs by Eliminating Expensive External Components Required by Competitive Solutions
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Computex 2009 -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new navigation processor and power management (PMU) solution designed specifically for personal navigation devices (PNDs). The new ’PND-on-a-chip’ integrates many of the costly external components required by competitive solutions, including a global positioning system (GPS) baseband, radio frequency (RF) circuitry and low noise amplifier (LNA) as well as high powered applications and graphics processors. The ’PND-on-a-chip’ solution provides all the key components required to deliver a graphical user experience of life-like maps and engaging navigational information for next generation PNDs without the lags and blocky renderings of many current devices.
Today’s PNDs are often limited by the processing and graphics capabilities of applications processors with often sluggish map rendering and awkward user interfaces that are limited by the capabilities of the processor. In contrast, PND manufacturers can take advantage of the new ’PND-on-a-chip’s’ hardware-based graphics processing unit to create engaging 3D user interfaces while accelerating map rendering to make the user experience as rich and easy to use as possible.
Announced today is the Broadcom® BCM4760 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that integrates several costly external components normally required by competitive solutions. Designed in Broadcom’s 65 nanometer (nm) process, the BCM4760 also integrates an audio codec, touch screen controller and USB 2.0 controller with high speed transceiver, all on a single die. This allows PNDs based on the BCM4760 to eliminate these components, resulting in reduced system cost, power consumption and complexity.
The BCM4760 is a complete, low power SoC solution that combines a high performance GPS receiver and baseband, an ARM11™ processor, an OpenGL® ES 1.1/OpenVG™ 1.0-compliant graphics processor and advanced analog technology to deliver the most highly integrated solution ever created for the personal navigation market. The built-in applications processing is powerful enough to serve as the core processor for a full range of devices beyond the PND market, including personal media players, gaming devices and other mobile products.
“Our proven expertise in integrating complex RF, analog and digital circuits at extremely small geometries has enabled us to deliver this industry-first for the PND market,” said Scott Pomerantz, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom’s GPS line of business. “By delivering an applications processor that integrates both the GPS baseband and radio on a single die, without any compromises in performance, Broadcom is helping drive high-end graphics performance to new classes of PND devices.”
In conjunction with today’s BCM4760 SoC announcement, Broadcom also introduces its new BCM59040 power management unit (PMU) designed for use in advanced mobile systems based on the BCM4760. This all-CMOS PMU includes advanced power management techniques, such as highly efficient DC/DC converters, high performance LDOs, a switcher regulated charger with USB and wall adapter inputs, USB OTG (on-the-go) detection and Vbus boost control -- all of which are features aligned with PND and portable media player manufacturer requirements. A new feature introduced with the BCM59040 is Broadcom’s ’charge-and-play’ technology which eliminates the need to wait for an empty battery to be charged sufficiently for the system to operate, which increases battery life by reducing charge/discharge cycles.
The BCM4760 SoC also provides integrated support for Broadcom’s other industry leading connectivity solutions including Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and combo chip solutions, and includes a host peripheral interface for easy integration with Broadcom’s BCM2727 low power mobile multimedia processor, built-in memory interfaces and the USB 2.0 OTG interface.
Serving the PND Market
The BCM4760 SoC enables system manufacturers to create a platform that meets the needs of the entry-level, mid-level and high-level GPS personal navigation device market segments as follows:
For the entry-level market where low cost is the primary focus, the BCM4760 provides a USB 2.0 OTG high-speed controller with integrated transceiver, a 4- or 5-wire touch controller, and audio mixer with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to simplify the design and help shrink the PCB footprint while keeping the total bill-of-material (BOM) cost to a minimum.
For the mid-level market, the BCM4760 provides ample processing power for the rapid display of 3D city maps and 3D landmarks. It utilizes high performance 3-processor architecture, multiple high-speed interfaces, and Broadcom’s connectivity technologies, such as Bluetooth and WLAN chipsets, can be connected directly to the BCM4760 platform. Other features, such as hands-free speakerphone, photo viewing and music playback, are also supported.
For the high-level market, the BCM4760 supports a direct connection to Broadcom’s VideoCore® family of mobile multimedia co-processors. Adding the VideoCore III co-processor for example, enables high definition (HD) video playback and recording, graphics acceleration, image signal processing (ISP), and more.
Availability and Pricing
The Broadcom BCM4760 ’PND-on-a-chip’ solution and BCM59040 PMU are now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.
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