Just a year ago, EDA360 Insider discussed the successful tapeout and first-pass silicon success of the SC8800G cellular baseband SoC from Spreadtrum Communications. (See “Spreadtrum achieves first-pass success with 40nm cellular baseband SoC, credits Silicon Realization”) Now, an EETimes article by Peter Clarke reports that the company has just announced Android-based baseband chips that will make $100 smartphones a reality using TD-SCDMA and EDGE/WiFi communications protocols: respectively the SC8810 SoC (TD-SCDMA) and SC6820 (EDGE/WiFi) SoCs. Both baseband SoCs are implemented in 40nm process technology and are based on ARM Cortex-A5 processor cores clocking at 1GHz. Both chips also include the ARM Mali GPU 2D/3D graphics accelerator core. Spreadtrum will be offering the SoCs with turnkey versions of the Android operating system and user interface.
The two new SoCs complement the company’s SC8805G and SC6810 SoCs designed for smartphones that sell in the $40 to $50 range. The SC8805G and SC6810 were announced last month and are based on ARM9 processor cores running at 600MHz.