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.
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.
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.
Broadcom Takes Aim at Qualcomm with Unsolicited $130B Bid
Broadcom today made an unsolicited offer to buy Qualcomm for $70 per share, a deal valued at approximately $130 billion. According to Broadcom, the merged entity would be a diverse communications semiconductor company that would be able to accelerate innovation, deliver more advanced products, and create compelling financial savings/efficiencies.
Intel Debuts 5G Radios
Intel today announced a range of 5G modems for mobile devices that rely on various technologies to handle the transition from 4G to 5G. The XMM 8000 series will handle multi-mode operations on 600 MHz and mmWave band around the globe and will be ideal for PCs, phones, and fixed wireless equipment.