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Acer netbook gets 1080p HD upgrade with Broadcom BCM70012 mod

Acer netbook gets 1080p HD upgrade with Broadcom BCM70012 mod

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.

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HP Mini 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi netbooks announced

HP Mini 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi netbooks announced

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.

 

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Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

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.

 

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Broadcom announces First DLNA-enabled SoCs with integrate MoCA technology

Broadcom announces First DLNA-enabled SoCs with integrate MoCA technology

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.

Broadcom BCM4329 chip brings cellphones Wi-Fi without power drain

Broadcom BCM4329 chip brings cellphones Wi-Fi without power drain

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.

Verizon FiOS experiment is paying off

Verizon FiOS experiment is paying off

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.

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