Wireless Systems Design

Mobile TV Reference Design Simplifies Handset Integration

Broadcom recently unveiled a new mobile television reference design platform that the company claims is a tremendous technological advancement for manufacturers that plan to integrate mobile TV into their handset designs in a cost-effective manner.

The Broadcom BCM92724 reference design is a complete platform for simplifying mobile television integration into mobile handsets while significantly improving time-to-market. It includes integrated mobile TV software and a reference application that can be customized specifically for each manufacturer's handset design, enabling product differentiation that will help drive the widespread acceptance of high quality mobile television.

Featured within the BCM92724 platform is Broadcom's BCM2724 VideoCore mobile multimedia processor, the BCM2124 GPRS/GSM baseband processor and the BCM2045 Bluetooth transceiver with enhanced data rate (EDR) technology.

The Broadcom BCM2724 VideoCore processor performs multimedia processing, while the Broadcom BCM2124 baseband processor provides GPRS and GSM connectivity to the cellular network. Also featured within the BCM92724 mobile TV platform is the Broadcom BCM2045 single-chip Bluetooth solution. Through pre-integrated software, handset makers can easily adapt the reference design into a full-featured multimedia phone product.

Technical Information

The BCM92724 supports the terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) standard at the mobile television front-end. Using Broadcom's mobile TV middleware, the current design can be easily adapted to other mobile broadcast standards, such as DVB-H, by substituting an appropriate front-end tuner/demodulator.

The BCM2724 VideoCore multimedia processor features MPEG-4 VGA or H.264 CIF video encoding/decoding at 30 frames per second and TV output. Providing one of the most power-efficient, high performance multimedia processors in the industry, the BCM2724 enables a rich feature-set without significantly affecting battery life.

The BCM2124 GPRS/GSM baseband processor contains all of the analog and digital GSM and multi-slot GPRS processing functions for connecting to a cellular network in a small, single-chip footprint that supports a range of mobile devices.

The BCM2045 is compliant with Version 2.0 of the Bluetooth specification and is upgradeable to Version 2.1. The BCM92724 includes CellAirity mobile handset software, a complete suite of cellular software and applications that includes advanced multimedia and messaging, web browsing, Java games, and rich connectivity options.

Availability and Pricing

The Broadcom BCM92724 MobileTV reference design platform is now available to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

For more information, go to broadcom.com.

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