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March 11, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Powered by Marvell Low-cost Platform

Samsung has been expanding its Galaxy Tab 3 line of tablets over the last few months with interesting variants like the Intel-powered Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch and the colorful Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. It will be interesting to see how this strategy of hyper-specialized devices will pan out for Samsung, but that isn’t the only interesting aspect of the tablet line.

Indeed, what’s really interesting is Samsung’s willingness to rely on chipsets other than its own for many Galaxy Tab 3 variants. Take, for example, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Samsung’s second generation seven-inch tablet, which is powered by the Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA986 platform.

In this instance, it seems Samsung was aiming to keep the price point of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite down as the PXA986 platform is designed to provide high-performance computing and industry-leading graphics capabilities, in addition to robust connectivity, at a competitive price point. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is a global tablet aimed at the U.S., Europe and Asia, meaning it needs the broadest possible connectivity supports, which Marvell’s platform supplies.

"The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite global tablet is an important milestone to bring affordable high performance mobile devices to the mass market and it's a very meaningful effort. I am very proud of our joint collaboration with Samsung to provide access to communication and information to the global consumer base and make our contribution to education, healthcare, and other social causes," said Weili Dai, president and co-founder of Marvell, in a statement.

The ARMADA Mobile PXA986 is part of Marvell’s unified mobile 3G and LTE platform family, meaning it features an advanced multimode HSPA+ modem that supports WCDMA and 2G networks as well as data speeds up to 21.1 Mbps on the downlink and 5.76 Mbps on the uplink. The platform also boasts a capable, low-power 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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