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A quad-band 2.5G SoC integrating all the RF, DSP, ARM, audio and other baseband processing functions into a single 65 nm CMOS die is described. The paper focuses on the radio portion mostly, and addresses the challenges of realizing a complete GSM/EDGE SoC with the RF integrated along with the rest of digital baseband circuitry. Several circuit level as well as architectural techniques are presented to realize a very low-cost and low-power 2.5G radio while meeting the stringent cellular requirements with wide margin. The radio draws a battery current of 49 mA in the receiver-mode, and 86/77 mA in the GMSK/8PSK transmit-mode. The low-IF receiver achieves a sensitivity of -110 dBm at the antenna, corresponding to a noise figure of 2.4 dB at the device input. The 8PSK±400 kHz modulation mask is - 64.1/62.7 dBc for high/low bands, with an RMS EVM of 2.45/1.95%. The radio core area is 3.95 mm2 .