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Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple is reportedly poaching Broadcom engineers as it develops its own baseband processors, the complex chips responsible for the wireless connectivity in iPhones and iPads, as the iOS company tries to take further control of the future of its hardware. Two high-profile hires this year, most recently former Broadcom principle engineer and chip lead Paul Chang, join a roughly 30-strong Apple team made up of ex-Broadcom and Qualcomm experts, insiders claim.

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Raspberry Pi scores in Broadcom bid for openness

Raspberry Pi scores in Broadcom bid for openness

Raspberry Pi has claimed itself an early birthday present today (technically it was launched on the 29th, but there's no such day this year), praising a newly announced move by Broadcom after hearing the long-lamented plight of developers: it has released the full source for its VideoCore IV graphics, opening it up to bug fixes and more. In light of this, Raspberry Pi is offering hefty monetary bounty in a competition.

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Broadcom location chip promises longer wearables and true-AR

Broadcom location chip promises longer wearables and true-AR

Location-based services and contextual augmented-reality on your smartglasses is fun, but not if they drain power so fast you only get a couple of hours of use from them. Broadcom believes it has the answer with its new BCM4771 GNSS SoC, a super-low-power chip to add location and health tracking to wearables while cutting battery consumption by 75-percent compared to existing positioning chips. It's a system that not only should make fitness trackers and smartwatches run for longer, but open the door to true augmented-reality headsets.

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Broadcom, Samsung, and others form benchmarking consortium for mobile devices

Broadcom, Samsung, and others form benchmarking consortium for mobile devices

Benchmarks are something that we talked about a lot around here when it comes time to review smartphones and other electronic products. Benchmarks aren't only for the spec hounds out there looking for the highest performing device they can spend their hard-earned dollars on. Benchmarks also help device makers fine-tune smartphones and other electronic devices for optimal performance.

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Tiny Broadcom LTE chip enables trimmer tablets and longer-lasting phones

Tiny Broadcom LTE chip enables trimmer tablets and longer-lasting phones

4G phones and tablets could get smaller, run longer, and connect in more places, thanks to Broadcom's new 4G LTE Advanced modem, tipped as the industry's smallest so far. The Broadcom BCM21892 cuts power consumption by as much as 25-percent over a current LTE chip, the company claims, while taking up 35-percent less space and roaming across more network frequencies. That opens the door to a far more flexible 4G device.

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