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.
Broadcom Intros New Wi-Fi Chip for Smartphones
Broadcom today announced the BCM4358, a high-end Wi-Fi radio for flagship smartphones and tablets. The BCM4358 employs an 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO configuration for improved throughput and speeds, which Broadcom says can reach 650Mbps.
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.
Samsung Touts Exynos ModAP Chip
Samsung today announced the Exynos ModAP, an application processor and modem system-on-a-chip. Samsung says the Exynos ModAP was manufactured using a 28nm processes and supports a wide range of wireless networking technologies.
Broadcom Chip Supports Multiple Wireless Charging Standards
Broadcom today announced a new system-on-a-chip that supports all of the wireless charging standards, including the Alliance for Wireless Power, the Power Matters Alliance, and the Wireless Power Consortium. The multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) works automatically with all the standards, allowing device makers to support them all in a single piece of hardware.