Broadcom To Integrate Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Into Mobile/Notebook Chips

SuperSpeed USB seems to be the hot transfer protocol these days, mostly because the coming out parties at IDF and CES went over really well. Tons of companies are voicing their support for the next-generation USB solution, and it should only be a few more months before we see a number of machine shipping with USB 3.0. But a protocol that many seemed to have forgotten about is Bluetooth 3.0.

We get the feeling that it will be brought back to our attention in a big way at Mobile World Congress, which starts in just a few weeks in Spain. Many new cellphone and mobile technologies are expected to be showcased, and Broadcom is a huge player in the mobile space. What's so special, you ask? Broadcom has just announced a huge, sweeping support effort for the next generation of Bluetooth, which promises to hasten transfers between short-range devices. The company has just announced that Bluetooth 3.0 + HD specification has been adopted in their Bluetooth and InConcert combo chips/modules, which means that a whole slew of mobile devices will soon be able to transfer files across short distances at speeds of up to 24Mbps.

Best of all, it's now in production with ODM partners in a mini-PCIe combo module for notebook computers and a combo single chip based SIP module targeting smartphones. To us, that sounds as if BT 3.0 could even make its way over to laptops and netbooks in the short term, which would definitely open up the transfer capabilities. Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and Intel's Wireless Display Technology could make for a wicked trio--even the promise of these will make it awfully tough to buy into a machine now knowing what is just across the horizon.

Broadcom Ships Bluetooth(R) v3.0 + High Speed Functionality Across Its Bluetooth Portfolio

The Broad Availability of the New Standard will Drive the Adoption of Bluetooth for High-Speed Data Synchronization, File Transfer and Remote Control Applications

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has added support for the recently adopted Bluetooth® v3.0 + HS (High Speed) specification broadly across its Bluetooth and InConcert® combo chips and modules. The new standard greatly enhances the capabilities of Bluetooth technology in smartphones, personal computers, netbooks and other devices by enabling file transfers at speeds up to 24 Megabits per second (Mbps), utilizing an available 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) radio. By implementing Bluetooth 3.0 + HS across its Bluetooth and WLAN portfolios, Broadcom is helping drive novel applications such as remote control while also delivering ease-of-use and speed for other common applications such as File Transfer and Synchronization.

Broadcom's Bluetooth v3.0 + HS compliant technology is now in production with ODM partners in a mini-PCIe combo module for notebook computers and a combo single chip based SIP module targeting smartphones.

Highlights/Key Facts:

·         Personal computers, netbooks, smartphones and other consumer electronics (CE) devices are adding Bluetooth v3.0 + HS wireless functionality to extend the user experience and facilitate high-speed file transfer and synchronization among devices.


·         As a leading supplier of both Bluetooth and WLAN technology, and a leader in combination ('combo') chip products that combine both radios in a single chip design, Broadcom is in a unique position to drive Bluetooth v3.0 + HS adoption, further expanding the utility of Bluetooth in CE devices by enabling users to easily move large data files from their mobile phones to PCs and digital TVs.


·         Several of Broadcom's silicon, software and combo chip solutions have achieved Bluetooth v3.0 qualification, including:

·         The Broadcom® BCM2070, BCM2075, BCM43225 and BCM4325 chips, along with the BCM94312 half mini-card Bluetooth + WLAN solution.


·         Key versions of Broadcom's advanced Bluetooth software including BTE-Mobile 3.15.2, BTW 5.6, and BTW 6.3.


·         To ensure strong performance of its Bluetooth solutions, Broadcom has recently upgraded its innovative InConcert co-existence technology to add additional features that mitigate RF interference issues between Bluetooth and WLAN radios, especially for 'combo' chips and modules targeting small form factor devices. Broadcom's InConcert co-existence complements Bluetooth v3.0 + HS functionality to ensure high speed Bluetooth data transfer while simultaneously servicing other Bluetooth peripherals such as the mouse or headset.


·         In addition, with its InConcert Maestro software platform, Broadcom continues to simplify the usage of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi solutions, allowing application developers and end users to enjoy the convenience of converged wireless functionality and newer standards such as Bluetooth v3.0+HS without having to deal with the complexity of understanding the technologies and making them work together.


·         Key features of the new Bluetooth v3.0 + HS standard include:

o    10 times the transmission speed over previous Bluetooth specifications.

o    Expanded capabilities for remote control applications featuring Unicast Connectionless Data (UCD) functionality that enables low power operation and reduced latency for CE remote control applications.

o    Enhanced powerful security capabilities with support for the new Read Encryption Key Size feature that allows Bluetooth applications to ensure an appropriate level of communications security.

o    Bluetooth v3.0 + HS is currently shipping in PCs and smartphones. The InConcert Maestro platform that allows application developers to exploit the high speed function in novel ways is available to early access partners.


Supporting Quote:

Craig Ochikubo, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Wireless Personal Area Networking line of business

"We are a strong supporter of the new Bluetooth v3.0 + HS standard and are making its innovative features available in multiple configurations for a wide variety of applications. With our unique InConcert technology, which makes Bluetooth and WLAN work well together, we can offer silicon and software solutions that decrease the complexity of adding multiple wireless systems to innovative new consumer devices."