Broadcom Intros Its First LTE-Advanced Radio
Broadcom today announced its first 4G modem for smartphones and tablets. Broadcom has long made mobile processors and 3G modems, but this is its first foray into the LTE market. The BCM21892 was manufactured with a 28nm processes, which Broadcom says reduces the overall footprint of the chip by 35% when compared to competitors' products and also consumes 25% less power. The modem does not, however, include a processor, such as Qualcomm's SnapDragon line. The BCM21892 supports all 3GPP standards, including LTE-Advanced, LTE (category 4, with speeds up to 150Mbps), HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and GSM/EDGE. It supports IMS and can deliver HD voice and VoLTE for carriers interested in those services. The chip is now sampling to Broadcom's customers, but Broadcom doesn't expect full production to begin until 2014.
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.
Avago Technologies May Buy Broadcom
Avago Technologies is in advanced talks to acquire Broadcom, reports the Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal are not yet available, and the Journal's sources say the deal may not be signed.
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 Snapdragon X20 Modem Powers 1.2Gbps Speeds
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, which it says is the first Category 18 modem capable of download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. The X20 is manufactured using a 10nm FinFET process.