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.
Broadcom Talks Up Power Efficient Smartwatch Chip
Broadcom today announced a new platform for Android Wear smartwatches that promises to deliver major gains in battery life. The Broadcom wearable system-on-a-chip includes a quad-core Cortex A7 application processor and 2G/3G modem support.
Qualcomm Says Two Big Buyers Likely to Bail Over Broadcom Tie-Up
Qualcomm warned investors that two of its most important customers have threatened to take their business elsewhere should Qualcomm be acquired by Broadcom. Qualcomm didn't name the customers, but said together they contribute a combined $1 billion in chip revenue.
Broadcom to Cut Up to 1,900 Jobs
Broadcom Limited said it plans to reduce its headcount by about 1,900 jobs. The cuts will be made across Broadcom's global facilities and the company expects to take a charge of $650 million to cover the cost of the cuts.
Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Attempt to Replace Board
Qualcomm today said it won't entertain the idea of replacing its board of directors with substitutes nominated by Broadcom. Earlier this month, Broadcom nominated 11 people to Qualcomm's board of directors.
Caltech Sues Broadcom, Apple Over WiFi Patents
Caltech has filed a lawsuit against Broadcom and Apple and alleges the two firms are using its patented technology without permission. The patents in question, granted to Caltech between 2006 and 2012, cover 802.11n and 802.11ac WiFi technologies, which improve transmission speeds and reduce the hardware needed for WiFi radios.