Broadcom puts LiMo Linux in mobile handsets

Broadcom has adopted mobile Linux based on the LiMo Foundation software platform in a mobile phone reference design.

The LiMo Foundation, founded by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone, is developing a Linux-based software platform and proposing it as an industry standard for mobile devices.

The Linux software platform being used by Broadcom is being supplied by mobile Linux company Azingo. It is intended for the development of multimedia handsets supporting features such as mobile TV.

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Broadcom’s reference design features the dual ARM core BCM2153 with integrated support for 7.2Mbit/s HSDPA baseband and applications processor; the BCM59035 power management unit; and the BCM4325 connectivity solution that combines market-leading Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a FM receiver in a single chip design.

According to the chip firm, the integration of the Azingo Mobile software provides development tools for the widespread adoption of Linux-based handsets.

“Azingo’s comprehensive LiMo-based platform leverages Broadcom’s processing power to offer mobile operators and handset manufacturers a compelling 3G mobile Linux solution,” said Jim Tran, v-p and general manager of Broadcom’s mobile communications line of business.

According to Mahesh Veerina, president and CEO of Azingo: “This combination leapfrogs legacy mobile operating systems to offer one of the most exciting integrated platforms today for graphical, audio and video applications.”

This open mobile software/chipset platform based on LiMo Foundation software will be demonstrated at the 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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