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We've all been there when using GPS on our smartphones. You try and use something like Google Maps to navigate to a place you have never been, and all of a sudden, it's hard to tell if you should be on the feeder road or the highway. You eventually find out after driving too far that you are traveling along the wrong route end up cursing Google Maps. This will be a thing of the past next year when smartphones receive much more accurate GPS chips. How accurate you ask: Down to the inch. The chips that will save us from GPS hell are from Broadcom and the BCM47755 will have accuracy to 30-centimeters... Read more...
In the world of integrated circuits, there are some major players that build chips that we use every day may not even realize it. Companies like Broadcom and Qualcomm make integrated circuits that find their way inside the laptops, computers, and smart devices that we use constantly. A name you might not think about being in the same league as those two major players is NVIDIA. Many still think of NVIDIA mostly as a video card maker, and while that might be what gamers like best, there is more to Team Green than video cards and GPUs. NVIDIA has now overtaken MediaTek to become the third largest... Read more...
Researchers from Exodus Intelligence discovered a zero-day attack that threatens most of the popular smartphones on the market today. The hack is called Broadpwn and it affects devices running iOS and Android. Specifically all Samsung Galaxy S3 through Galaxy S8 devices are susceptible as are the Note 3, 6, 6X, and 6P, and the Apple iPhone 5 and up. The vector for the attack is the Broadcom BCM43xx family of Wi-Fi chips used in all of those smartphones. Exodus writes in its research, "Broadpwn is a fully remote attack against Broadcom’s BCM43xx family of WiFi chipsets, which allows for code execution... Read more...
If you own a newer iOS device, you are probably going to want to update to iOS 10.3.3 immediately (if you haven’t already done so). Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update contains a total of 47 security fixes, but one in particular is gaining attention for its ferocity. The vulnerability in question is CVE-2017-9417, better known as Broadpwn. Broadpwn can affect the Wi-Fi chips that are widely installed in iOS and Android devices. More specially, Broadpwn targets the Broadcom BCM4354, 4358 and 4359 Wi-Fi chipsets, and can be remotely activated without any direct interaction from the user to execute cote within... Read more...
Practically everyone who owns a smartphone should be on the lookout for a patch. Both Google and Apple this week released software updates for Android and iOS, respectively, to address a vulnerability discovered in Wi-Fi chipsets developed by Broadcom. If left unpatched, an attacker within range of the same Wi-Fi network could execute malicious code on a person's mobile device. A researcher on Google's Project Zero team discovered the vulnerability and wrote about it in great detail (hit the source link for deep dive into the technical underpinnings of this exploit). Prior to Google releasing a... Read more...
There are mergers, and then there are mega-mergers, such as the one that Avago Technologies and Broadcom just agreed to. The two chip makers have entered into a definitive agreement for Avago to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion as part of cash and stock deal, making it the largest transaction in the tech industry to date. Under terms of the agreement, Avago will pay Broadcom shareholders $17 billion in cash, giving them a 32 percent stake in the new company. The other $20 billion will be paid in stock. At that price, the two companies combined will have an enterprise value of $77 billion. They... Read more...
At present, Google and AT&T are the two companies making the most noise about gigabit Internet service for consumers. It's high time other ISPs jump on board as well, don't you think? If you agree, you'll be happy to know that Comcast and Liberty Global (a major ISP in Europe) are two other Internet companies with gigabit service on the roadmap. Broadcom has reportedly begun sampling its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip (BCM93390), which enables gigabit Internet service, as well as makes it possible for consumers to shovel 2Gb/s of wireless data in their homes. In turn, Comcast and Liberty Global have... Read more...
This week, Broadcom announced that it would exit the LTE modem market and shut down its LTE research division. The move comes less than a year after Broadcom bought Renesas' (formerly known as NEC) LTE modem -- and that purchase was supposed to give Broadcom a leg up in modem design after its own in-house LTE product had failed to ship. With Broadcom gone, Qualcomm is, for all intents and purposes, the Emperor of LTE mountain. The market shift has happened quickly -- look at where revenue share sat in 2009, when 4G was still on the horizon and 3G modems were the norm.   Qualcomm is still the... Read more...
For years now, "wireless charging" has close to taking off. There have been major efforts to make it a household item, even reaching back to the original Palm Pre and its Touchstone charger. Lately, a few Nokia Lumia devices have supported wireless charging via accessory backs, and some of the larger players have converged into alliances in order to send a stronger, unified message. But all in all, wireless charging still hasn't taken off in a major way. It's still far slower than a cable, and it usually requires too many costly accessories for the layperson to truly consider. Broadcom's hoping... Read more...
This whole wearable computing thing doesn't appear to be disappearing anytime soon, so rather than ignore the market, Broadcom is embracing it by introducing what it claims is the world's first Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system-on-chip (SoC) designed for low-power, mass-market wearable gadgets -- devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches. An on-chip sensor hub helps users track and manage their health by giving precision tracking and location data. It constantly monitors user activity levels and location history to improve accuracy, all while consuming less power than traditional... Read more...
The wireless charging industry is figuring out what other industries have over the years: If you want to foster growth, standardize. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have agreed to work together to develop global interoperability between their respective wireless charging standards. “These two organizations are taking the necessary steps to get the job done," said Ron Resnick, President, Power Matters Alliance in a press release. "Combining the standards from A4WP and PMA offer the best choices of core technologies and managed network services, delivering... Read more...
Remember when a dual-core smartphone was the cat's meow? Things are quickly changing, as quad-core handsets are becoming much more commonplace, not just no the high-end, but in budget territory, too. Witness Broadcom, which on Thursday announced a quad-core HSPA+ processor designed for entry-level handsets. The shift to quad-core computing from top to bottom makes sense now that more than half of all phones shipped around the world are smartphones, a point Broadcom was quick to bring up in its press release. Broadcom's new processor (BCM23550) is based on ARM's Cortex A7 architecture with NEON... Read more...
Fourth generation wireless connectivity may be all the rage right now, but Broadcom is already looking ahead to 5G. Broadcom introduced the BCM4335 which it claims is the industry's first complete 5G Wi-Fi combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices. This chip integrates a complete 5G Wi-Fi system based on the 802.11ac standard. The chip also features Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, and software on a single silicon die. The chip is designed using 40nm CMOS process, making it small and power efficient. Smartphones and tablets powered by the new BCM4335 are expected to hit shelves... Read more...
The world could certainly use all the fiber we can get, and it looks like Broadcom is lining up to be yet another company that sets the stage for the next major push in broadband expansion. It just announced intentions to acquire BroadLight, a Delaware-based company that provides highly integrated networking and fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. With the addition of BroadLight, Broadcom expands its broadband access portfolio to support customer requirements for rolling out next-generation fiber networks worldwide.   "The need for increased bandwidth for IPTV services,... Read more...
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