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December 06, 2013

Embedded M2M Solutions - Broadcom Adds Bluetooth Smart SoC to its WICED Family

Broadcom (News - Alert) Corporation a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications added a new Bluetooth Smart system-on-a-chip (SoC) device to its wireless Internet connectivity for embedded devices (WICED) family.

Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom senior director, embedded wireless, wireless connectivity said, “Broadcom’s WICED platform is gaining significant traction with key Internet of Things innovators like Electric Imp. In addition to embedded Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart technology is also growing at a rapid rate and quickly becoming the core of many small, battery-operated wearable devices.”

Broadcom’s BCM20736 WICED smart chip will serve as a flexible solution for incorporating into different types of new devices for enabling new uses. The new device is expected to cater to the needs of various market segments for wearables and the Internet of Things.

Officials explained that the chip features built-in wireless charging support for the alliance for wireless power (A4WP) standard which will allow the introduction of new technologies in the Internet of Things ecosystem.

The integrated design and compact form factor of the BCM20736 serves to reduce power consumption and extends battery life for wearables. The WICED smart chip allows OEMs to host advanced applications with an ARM (News - Alert) Cortex M3 processor.

The WICED smart chip features integrated ARM CM3 microcontroller unit (MCU), radio frequency (RF) and embedded Bluetooth smart stack all on a single chip in addition to offering full software support. It includes GATT, profiles, stack, APIs and an application software development kit (SDK). Its power is optimized for single mode coin cell operation from a 1.2v supply.

The device ensures on-chip support for 2 serial peripheral interfaces (SPIs); low latency design and enhanced data security modes. Also it is pin compatible with Broadcom’s existing Bluetooth Smart SOCs and has the capability to provide support for secure over the air (OTA) updates.

Broadcom also announced the availability of a femtocell gateway platform which will make small cell deployment simpler especially in emerging markets, such as Brazil. The integrated platform combines the BCM61630 single-chip with Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) small cell software for ultra-broadband access. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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