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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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Broadcom 5G WiFi chip introduced

Broadcom 5G WiFi chip introduced

A new innovation in WiFi is going to be ushered into the world of consumer electronics early next year. That's because of a new combo chip invented by Broadcom that promises to deliver the fifth generation of broadband wireless connectivity. The chip, known as the BCM4335, claims to offer "dramatic speed, range and power efficiency."

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Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom today announced a new GPS chip for smartphones that promises to deliver 10 times the performance for faster, more accurate position computation, while reducing power consumption by 50 percent. And being built on a 40nm process, the chip is 44 percent smaller making it perfect for new smartphones that are increasingly tight on space.

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Broadcom outs 5G WiFi chips for 1.3Gbps wireless

Broadcom outs 5G WiFi chips for 1.3Gbps wireless

Broadcom has revealed its plans for up to 1.3 Gbps WiFi, with the next-generation of super-speedy wireless allowing you to get further away from your router while still streaming Full HD video. The new Broadcom 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips deliver up to three times the speed and six times the power efficiency of current-gen 802.11n radios, as well as being smaller thanks to 40nm production processes. That means smartphones, tablets and other gadgets can be smaller too, despite promising backward compatibility with previous WiFi standards.

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Broadcom signs Myriad and Sling deals for Android, streaming TV everywhere

Broadcom signs Myriad and Sling deals for Android, streaming TV everywhere

The folks at Broadcom have dropped a couple of silent bombs this week in announcements of deals with both SlingBox's EchoStar and with Myriad for their Alien Vue solution, these deals resulting ultimately in two things: a chip made by Myriad that allows for TV Everywhere NOT just limited to wi-fi in your own home and Android apps on your TV set-top box! With their deal with Sling, they're set to create their upcoming BCM7425 SoC (or chip, if you prefer) with embedded Sling place-shifting technology. With Myriad Alien Vue, Broadcom will be supporting Android apps on the set-top boxes which they power.

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Broadcom buys NetLogic to boost chipset prowess

Broadcom buys NetLogic to boost chipset prowess

Broadcom has announced it is acquiring NetLogic Microsystems in a deal worth around $3.7bn, and which will see the company add various processor technologies to its existing wireless chipset business. Bringing over tech including "knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors" it's expected to help Broadcom compete with other end-to-end SoC firms, such as Qualcomm.

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