Broadcom's Latest Chip Adds Bluetooth 4.0+HS
Broadcom today announced a new combination chip for smartphones that includes 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, an FM radio, and, for the first time, Bluetooth 4.0+HS into a single piece of silicon. The Bluetooth 4.0+HS standard has been available for some time, but Broadcom says this is the first chip to provide it. The chip also supports Bluetooth Low Energy, which is meant for small devices that have embedded sensors. The chip also supports Wi-Fi Direct. Broadcom says the combo chip's reduced size and power requirements make it ideal for devices such as smartphones.
Samsung Forges Bio-Processor for Wearables
Samsung is taking direct aim at the wearable market with a new processor custom-designed to monitor health and fitness data. The Bio-Processor combines Analog Front Ends (AFEs), a micro controller, a power management integrated circuit, a digital signal processor, and an eFlash memory chip into a single module.
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 Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.
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.