Broadcom to build new ARM-based chips with integrated LTE

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Broadcom is probably best known in the mobile space for making wireless chips, but the company also produces processors. For instance, the Raspberry Pi runs on a low power Broadcom chip.

Now it looks like Broadcom plans to step things up a bit. The company is licensing ARMv7 and ARMv8 technology for upcoming chips featuring ARM Cortex-A9, Cortex-A15, and Cortex-A50 designs.

That means we could eventually see 32-bit and 64-bit ARM-based processors from the company, and as The Verge points out, the company has the technology to build chips that have integrated LTE.

That’s something that most other smartphone and tablet chip makers don’t do at this point. Qualcomm has integrated LTE, but the latest chips from Samsung, NVIDIA, and Texas Instrument do not — and instead rely on separate wireless chips to connect to LTE networks.

  • Philip Jessup

    I am glad to see broadcom do chips that are faster than the mips chips they have been doing. Perhaps we will start to see ARM in home routers.