Broadcom Intros Combo Radio Chip with NFC
Broadcom today announced a new combination chip that it believes will be a natural fit with mid-range Android smartphones. The BCM43341 has four radios on board: dual-band 2.5GHz/5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and an FM radio receiver. Broadcom says the standard-based chip meets worldwide regulatory approval. The chip will be available to hardware makers during the first half of 2013. Broadcom also recently announced plans to offer LTE 4G chips to its smartphone customers in 2013, though it has yet to announce any specific products.