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.
Cable subscribers, especially the Verizon folks should be fairly familiar with MoCA (multimedia over Coax Alliance) technology as networking platform to stream multimedia though coaxial cable. No? How about the Zeevee box that is capable of livecasting any internet-based video from PC-to-Tv with similar technology? If we are getting there, here’s another piece of MoCA-based SoC (System-oc-Chip) invention from Broadcom to take on industry's first HD STB devices piggybacking coax cable infrastructure into a whole-home media distribution network.
Now cell phone WiFi access will get a lot more efficient, thanks to a new chip from Broadcom. The BCM4329 chip will be used in cellphones that have 802.11n WiFi in order to decrease the amount of power required to maintain that wireless connection.
Normally, WiFi on cellphones takes up a lot of energy. In fact, it's often thought of as a serious battery drainer. But this new chip makes it so a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band connection can occur without using as much power. It uses less power than earlier chips that could only manage the 802.11g standard and no higher.
This chip also offers up Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner and a feature called space time block coding, which makes connections on the outskirts of a network more stable. The Broadcom BCM4329 chip is expected sometime in 2009, though no customers for it have been named yet.
Coming this CES 2009, Samsung may showcase its 2009 line of Blu-ray players with Broadcom’s BCM7601 Blu-ray SoC chipset with smaller footprint and energy efficient 65 nanometer processor for the supports of Blu-ray, DVD, online content playback and HDMI 1.3 protocol.
Verizon definitely has something to be happy about today. The company's fiber lines are paying off in a big way. And to think, no one thought it was a good idea when they invested?
Verizon took a chance by investing $23 billion in residential FiOS networks. A lot of analysts thought it wasn't worth it, but subscriber growth rates have proven that idea otherwise. DSL and landline subscribers are shrinking, but FiOS and wireless subscribers are definitely on the wise.
At present, the top three System-On-A-Chip aka SoC maker for Blu-Ray technology are Sigma Design, Broadcom and Panasonic UniPhier. Majority of current Blu-ray players are coming from sigma Design’s SMP8634 SoC, but the company may face the toughest challenge with its rival's recent acquisition of Sunext Design.
It seemed unlikely that Apple could go any other way, but AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson finally confirmed that 2008 will see the iPhone upgraded with 3G connectivity. The handset, which has been robustly criticised for making use of last-gen EDGE data rather than one of the newer, faster technologies, was limited to the slower network as the company felt battery life would suffer unduly from power-hungry 3G chips. Speaking at a meeting of the Churchill Club in California, Stephenson told reporters querying the updated phone that "you'll have it next year."