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Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

If you want the really fast internet speeds in the gigabit range, you may think you need to be in an area served by fiber optic service of one flavor or another. That may not be true this year with Comcast and Broadcom teaming up to roll out gigabit cable internet service in some parts of the country. Broadcom announced at CES 2015 that it has started to sample its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip.

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Open Interconnect Consortium formed to push IoT forward

Open Interconnect Consortium formed to push IoT forward

The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is really becoming a thing now that a consortium has been formed around it. The Open Interconnect Consortium is spearheaded by a literal few of the players in that nascent smart industry, like Samsung and Intel, but perhaps more interesting are the names that are not on the founders list.

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Wireless charging standards destroyed by Broadcom’s one chip [UPDATE]

Wireless charging standards destroyed by Broadcom’s one chip [UPDATE]

Broadcom is a company that creates chips for computers of all kinds, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. This week they’ve decided to play a new hand in the wireless charging business by bringing on the "BCM59350 wireless power receiver chip." This chip allows whatever device its planted in to use any wireless charging pad it likes.

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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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Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear aims to bring a Google revolution to wearables, and among them a variety of hardware partners are already lined up: Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Motorola, and more. Among those, LG and Motorola have both already announced their upcoming entrants into the Android Wear market with two smartwatches: an LG G Watch and Moto 360 smartwatch.

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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 Automotive Bluetooth software stack to improve in-vehicle Android connectivity

Broadcom Automotive Bluetooth software stack to improve in-vehicle Android connectivity

Broadcom, a name one immediately associates with routers or networking components, is now trying to leave its mark in the automobile industry. With this new software stack for in-vehicle systems, the company hopes to become the go to guy for car makers who are planning to include Android integration into their next models.

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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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Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for 802.11ac WiFi in 2013 Macs

Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for 802.11ac WiFi in 2013 Macs

Apple's next update for its Mac lineup will obviously include a few welcome upgrades, but it's rumored that Apple has struck a deal with wireless chip firm Broadcom in order to bring high-speed 802.11ac 5G "Gigabit WiFi" to future Macs later this year. If true, the new WiFi chips will provide a much-needed boost in networking for the 2013 Macs.

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Broadcom unveils BCM43341 chip with NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM

Broadcom unveils BCM43341 chip with NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM

Broadcom has unveiled a new chip solution that will be on display at CES next month that the company claims to be the industry's first quad-combo solution. The chip supports four different wireless technologies in one small package. The manufacturer says the new quad-combo chip will enable a range of new applications for simplified device pairing and mobile retail payments.

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