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Broadcom licenses ARM Cortex-A9 processor tech

Broadcom licenses ARM Cortex-A9 processor tech

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.

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Chumby Looks to Be Getting Chummy With Broader Software Development

Chumby Looks to Be Getting Chummy With Broader Software Development

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.

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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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Qualcomm agrees to pay Broadcom $891 mil in settlement

Qualcomm agrees to pay Broadcom $891 mil in settlement

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.

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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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Nokia add Broadcom to 3G chipset grab-bag

Nokia add Broadcom to 3G chipset grab-bag

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.

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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.

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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.

Samsung to unveil 2009 Blu-ray players with Broadcom’s BCM7601 SoC

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.

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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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Broadcom acquires Sunext Design, will develop Blu-Ray SoC solution with optical recorders

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.

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