New Broadcom Chip Powers the Treo 680 Radio
Broadcom Corporation has announced that the new Palm Treo 680 smartphone is the first commercial cell phone to implement its new M-Stream technology. M-Stream technology provides significant improvements in handset reception and voice quality over legacy cell phones without the need for an upgrade or modifications to an existing network infrastructure.
The Palm Treo 680 is the third Treo model to integrate Broadcom's baseband processors and industry-leading Bluetooth solution, and now added M-Stream technology to deliver enhanced user experience through higher voice quality and larger coverage area. In addition, the technology enables network operators to maintain call quality while nearly doubling existing cellular network capacity without requiring infrastructure upgrades.
"The availability of a commercial handset featuring M-Stream technology is a significant milestone that establishes Broadcom as a leading innovator in the mobile communications market," said Ketan Kamdar, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Network Operators in Broadcom's Mobile Platforms Group. "We're gratified that Palm selected Broadcom's silicon solutions and M-Stream technology to deliver a cost effective smartphone to carriers worldwide to deliver an improved customer calling experience."
EDGE/GPRS/GSM Baseband Processor
The single-chip BCM2133 baseband processor features a comprehensive EDGE/GPRS/GSM system design that enables broadband-like connectivity with low power consumption. The chip features EDGE Class 12 capability which enables receive (RX) and transmit (TX) data speeds in excess of 200 Kbps. Broadcom also integrates the interface functions and drivers to enable auxiliary components, such as a handset and headset microphone, handset, headset and speakerphone speaker and switching SIM that connects directly to the device.
The Treo 680 also includes Bluetooth silicon from Broadcom. Blutonium BCM2045 is an advanced single-chip solution designed from the ground up to promote and enable the adoption of Bluetooth in phones, computers, peripherals and other devices. The BCM2045 supports the new Bluetooth Extended Data Rate (EDR) that provides 3 Megabits per second, there is no word if the Treo will support this.