5G Wi-Fi Chips from Broadcom Promise Up to 1.3Gbps
Broadcom today announced a range of new Wi-Fi modules based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, which is being referred to as fifth-generation Wi-Fi. The chips are targeted at consumer-grade devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, set-top boxes, and other gear. According to Broadcom, its new family of chips offers speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi with up to six times the power efficiency over a broader range. The new chips use a 40nm process and deliver HD video content over longer distances nearly instantaneously. Broadcom says the chips deliver content so quickly, that the Wi-Fi radios on mobile devices can return to low-power mode faster, which results in significant power savings. Broadcom's 802.11ac designs are backward-compatible with Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, and Bluetooth. Broadcom is sampling the chips to hardware makers now, but it didn't say when consumers can expect to see 5G Wi-Fi devices in the market. Handset makers LG, Huawei, and ZTE all indicated that 5G Wi-Fi will eventually be added to their mobile phones.
Google Says More Daydream VR Phones Are On the Way
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's handset partners have new Daydream-compatible devices in the pipeline and there should be a total of 11 such phones available by the end of the year. At the moment, only four phones are able to use Google's virtual reality headsets, including the Pixel and Pixel XL, ZTE Axon 7, Motorola Z, and Huawei Mate 9.
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 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.
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.