One of the worst things about Bluetooth headsets to me is that the devices take too long to charge and don’t offer enough run time to go for days. Those two caveats may soon change with a new Broadcom solution for Bluetooth headsets that promises huge improvements in charging time and talk time.
The ASUS Eee Keyboard saga continues, and we're beginning to think it's the company's version of vaporware. At their latest launch event in London, UK, this week, the Eee Keyboard - which squeezes a nettop and touchscreen into a keyboard form-factor, and was first debuted at CES back in January - was conspicuous by its absence, with ASUS telling Electricpig that the device was still mired in testing; however, ASUS have also been demonstrating their latest version of the Eee Keyboard to NetbookNews, with nary a mention of release delays.
We've been waiting for the ASUS Eee Keyboard for a very long time, at least that's how it feels, so it's good to see some movement happening over at the FCC. They've just published the Eee Keyboard's user manual, together with a whole batch of external, internal and wireless-testing photos. Among the details there's a fair few shots of the media-centric nettop/keyboard hybid's UWB (ultrawideband) system.
Broadcom is set to start to integrate the new ARM Coretex-A9 MPCore multicore processor into next generation mobile wireless and other consumer electronic products. Broadcom and ARM have announced that they have entered into a license agreement that will allow the use of the Cortex-A9 processor in Broadcom products.
So, the Chumby came out awhile ago. It's this little box-like device that pulls information off the internet, like weather, news, and sports updates, and then displays them in Flash format in real-time. It was a pretty original idea, and while it may not have been the sharpest looking thing on the block, its functionality was close to making it worth it. Especially if you don't like alarm clocks, and can't afford the alternative. But, apparently the hardware wasn't the top of the pick for many, and so Chumby is moving over onto the software front, hoping to make a name for itself.
Netbooks generally fall flat when it comes to high-definition video playback, with Intel's GMA 950 graphics chipset struggling even with 720p clips. Broadcom's BCM70012 video accelerator changes all that, though; a mini PCI-e card, it can handle up to 1080p video with minimal CPU strain on the host system. So far it's tough finding a netbook with the Broadcom card as an option - HP offer it as an option for their Mini 110 XP - but that didn't stop Terracode from upgrading their 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One with the HD accelerator.
HP have announced three new models in their Mini netbook range, in the shape of the 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi. Based around a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD and either Intel's Atom N270 or N280 processors, the new netbooks have GMA 950 graphics while the Mini 110 XP throws in a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator good, apparently, for 1080p video.
Qualcomm and Broadcom have been fighting it out in court for some time now, but it seems the chip makers have finally come to an agreement of sorts, with Qualcomm agreeing to pay $891 million to Broadcom as a part of a settlement.
Chumby and Broadcom have announced a collaborative effort to put the formers widget platform on internet-connected TVs, using Broadcom-based set-top boxes, DTVs and Blu-ray players. There are currently in excess of 1,000 widgets available for the Chumby, a compact touchscreen WiFi device, and these will now be accessible along the bottom of big-screens too.
The toner is hardly crisped on the agreement between Nokia and Qualcomm to "develop advanced UMTS mobile devices, initially for North America" and already those frisky Finns are looking elsewhere to add some extra-marital spice. In fact, Nokia have today announced that Broadcom is going to be one of their key 3G chipset suppliers.