Broadcom's New Chip Will Let Your Phone Use Any Wireless Charger

There are way, way too many wireless charging standards, which is part of the reason that the technology is struggling to take off. Now, though, Broadcom has developed a chip that could allow your phone to use any of them. This could change things completely. » 5/28/14 9:20am 5/28/14 9:20am

Intel Trims Netbooks To Just Half an Inch Thick, Adds Dual-Core Atom…

The bad news: Intel's new dual-core Atom processors won't be appreciably more powerful than what's in your netbook now. The good news: a Pine Trail netbook reference design Intel introduced today at Computex is only slightly thicker than an iPhone. » 6/01/10 12:00am 6/01/10 12:00am

The Google Nexus One's Hidden Secret: Wireless N

The Nexus One's hardware supports wireless N networks. The phone's software, well, sort of. But! Super-fast Wi-Fi may hit the Nexus one in the next Android update—and if you're feeling adventurous, you can have it sooner. » 4/24/10 1:30pm 4/24/10 1:30pm

TESTED: The Best New Netbooks

If you're in the market for a netbook—the gimpy kittens of the laptop jungle—know this first: on the inside, they're all basically the same. Making the little differences all the more important! And yes, they do add up. » 3/11/10 10:00am 3/11/10 10:00am

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 Brings Playable HD Flash Video to Even Netbooks With…

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 spreads the hardware-accelerated H.264 video love to more graphics chips, specifically some decidedly less beefy netbook chips: Intel's GMA 500 series and Broadcom's Crystal HD video decoder. Stick with 720p Flash video, and you'll be dandy. » 2/24/10 11:24am 2/24/10 11:24am

Adobe Promises Flash Video Acceleration on Netbooks: Not For a While,…

HD Flash video, which has a hearty appetite for CPU cycles, and Intel's Atom, which doesn't have huge surplus of said CPU cycles, have never made a great couple. So Adobe getting serious about Flash hardware acceleration on netbooks is great news! Well, for some. Eventually. » 6/02/09 5:01am 6/02/09 5:01am

New Chip Combines Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and FM Radio, Destined for iPod…

Broadcom makes the Bluetooth chip spotted in the iPod touch. The company's latest offering might show us what's to come next on Apple's platform. » 4/22/09 2:59pm 4/22/09 2:59pm

Adobe Aggressively, Officially Promoting Flash For HDTVs, DVRs

To date, Adobe's efforts to push Flash to TVs have passed mostly under the radar, and haven't netted many actual products. This is about to change, according to a forthcoming announcement from the company. » 4/20/09 4:52am 4/20/09 4:52am

Bluetooth Over Wi-Fi Zoomtastic Speed Shocks Our Pants Off

If there's a must-have mobile technology this year, that's Bluetooth over Wi-Fi. Easy-to-establish, peer-to-peer Bluetooth connectivity seamlessly coupled with Wi-Fi speeds. As the video shows, the experience is perfect. I want this in my iPhone. » 2/17/09 7:25am 2/17/09 7:25am

Broadcom Launches 802.11n Wi-Fi Chip For Cellphones

The new chip, which also integrates Bluetooth and FM radios, can grab 802.11n data at speeds of up to 50Mbps, and Broadcom claims it can do it all without totally devastating your battery. » 12/08/08 3:00pm 12/08/08 3:00pm

Broadcom Wi-Fi Chips to Have Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning Built-In

Broadcom already makes a boatload of the GPS chips found in mobile phones and other location-aware gadgets, and now they're adding Skyhook's Wi-Fi positioning service to most of their mobile Wi-Fi chipsets, spreading the location-based love even without GPS. This is how iPhone regular finds your location in addition… » 10/01/08 1:40pm 10/01/08 1:40pm

Ex-Broadcom Chief Accused of Spiking Tech Execs' Drinks, Having More…

Henry Nicholas, co-founder of integrated circuits manufacturer Broadcom, has just been charged with spiking the drinks of other technology execs and maintaining a warehouse full of coke, meth and ecstasy. This is the latest incident for Nicholas, who in July 2007, was accused of constructing a sex cave so he could… » 6/05/08 8:15pm 6/05/08 8:15pm

GPS on the iPhone 3G Confirmed?

We have all heard the rumors about whether or not GPS functionality will show up on the new iPhone, but according to GigaOM it is a done deal. Their confirmation is based on two factors: private sources that claim a GPS contract for the iPhone was awarded to Broadcom and legal requirements put in place last year by… » 5/30/08 7:00pm 5/30/08 7:00pm

Afternoon News: Sharper Image Cellphones, Cancer-Detecting Mouthwash…

• Sharper Image is now selling four unlocked Windows Mobile cellphones. The top of the line model has a 2MP camera, touchscreen, Bluetooth, tri-band, and GPRS, but sadly no ionic air-purifier or back massager. [Uber Phones]
• A new smart plug from the UK will reduce energy consumption by turning off gadgets that are… » 1/02/08 3:59pm 1/02/08 3:59pm

Qualcomm Can Use Rival's Chip Patents until '09

"A federal judge in California ruled on Monday that wireless chip maker Qualcomm can keep selling chips whose designs infringe patents held by rival Broadcom Corp through January 2009." [Reuters] » 12/31/07 7:02pm 12/31/07 7:02pm

Those wildfires in Southern California are getting dangerously close (as close as 100 yards) to some of our favorite companies, as Sony, HP and Broadcom have shut down business for the day and evacuated their offices. Some employees have or will lose homes to the fires, which frankly sucks balls. Stay safe guys! [KUSI] » 10/22/07 6:44pm 10/22/07 6:44pm

Broadcom's Latest 3G Chip Has Longer Life, Cheaper Costs, iPhone…

Broadcom's latest 3G HSUPA BCM21551 chip is a bigger deal than its somewhat dry press release indicates. The all-in-one 3G chip is both cheaper and has a "very long battery life" when compared with current 3G chips, which have the problem of sucking your phone's battery faster than an unclogged shower drain. The new… » 10/15/07 2:49pm 10/15/07 2:49pm

Broadcom to Bring Bluetooth to Set-Top Boxes

Chip manufacturer Broadcom has gone ahead and decided to add Bluetooth to its reference platform for consumer set-top boxes. Not only does this mean that you might be able to use a Bluetooth device as a remote control, but also opens up the possibility of having direct audio transfers. That means either wireless… » 9/10/07 4:20pm 9/10/07 4:20pm