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February 25, 2014

Marvell Unveils 64-bit Mobile SoC with Five-Mode Modem

Since the launch of the iPhone 5S late last year with its 64-bit A7 processor, it seems that mobile chipmakers have been rushing to get their own 64-bit offerings to market. Qualcomm and Samsung have already confirmed they have 64-bit Snapdragon and Exynos chips on the way respectively. Now, Marvell has thrown its hat into the ring with the unveiling of a 64-bit mobile SoC with a production-ready five-mode modem called the ARMADA Mobile PXA1928.

Not content with merely releasing a 64-bit mobile chip, Marvell has opted to create a solution that should appeal to consumers and manufacturers alike on many levels.

For starters, the ARMADA Mobile PXA1928 leverages a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, backed by a GC5000 GPU with full HD capability. Likewise, in terms of data speed, Marvell’s new solution boasts field-proven five-mode modem technology, supporting all global mobile broadband standards — including LTE TDD/FDD, HSPA+, TD-HSPA+ and EDGE — along with multi-radio, CSFB and VoLTE voice solutions for LTE networks.

What’s really remarkable about the ARMADA Mobile PXA1928 is that it offers all of this at price point suitable for lower-cost devices.

"The 64-bit ARMADA Mobile PXA 1928 is the latest addition to our industry leading single-chip multi-core mobile processor family," said Weili Dai, president and co-founder of Marvell, in a statement. "4G LTE is such a critical technology for the 'Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle' vision. I believe that through continued innovation, invention and dedication our talented global engineering teams have yet again raised the technology bar in advancing the mobile industry."

Other key features of the ARMADA Mobile PXA1928 include Marvell's advanced Avastar 88W8887 quad-radio connectivity solution — which includes support for 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, FM and Near Field Communication (NFC) — as well as the 88L2000 global navigation satellite system (GNSS) hybrid location processor.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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