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Broadcom Tackles Battery Challenges in Smartwatches

When it comes to developing a new segment of portable electronic devices – from the earliest mobile phones to this new wave of connected wearable devices – there’s always been one major challenge: battery life.

From an engineering perspective, it’s among the toughest nuts to crack for device makers that are looking to design, test and sell wearable gadgets such as smartwatches, fitness tracking bands, eyeglasses or even sensor-laded clothing.

“When it comes to wearables, power is king,” said Larry …

Raspberry Pi Heads to the Final Frontier, with Help from UK Students

The Raspberry Pi, a $35 microcomputer designed for the Raspberry Pi Foundation by co-founder and Broadcom engineer Eben Upton, has seen its share of adventures.

It’s been presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, flown with weather balloons into Earth’s atmosphere, and according to a recent blog post, reached a staggering milestone of 5 million units sold.

Now, thanks to a joint effort between the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency

GPS Guru: Broadcom’s Frank van Diggelen Awarded Fellowship by Institute of Navigation

If you’ve ever used something other than your senses to navigate, you can probably thank Broadcom’s Dr. Frank van Diggelen and his colleagues.

He’s credited with many of the key patents and inventions that enable the global positioning system (GPS) to be ubiquitous in mobile devices and increasingly, wearable ones.

Last month, he was recognized for 20 years of contributions to location technology by the Institute of Navigation (ION), a prestigious industry group made up of academics, researchers and …

Measuring Up: Broadcom’s Corporate Sustainability Performance on the Rise

With 99.98 percent of all Internet traffic crossing a Broadcom chip each day, we have a significant opportunity to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Today, Broadcom published its first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) compliant Corporate Sustainability Report designed to increase its level of disclosure across four key areas of the business: Company, Environment, Workplace and Community.

Read the full report here

Increasing visibility into operations has allowed Broadcom to establish and achieve meaningful performance improvement …

Love to Get Your Hands on a Raspberry Pi 2? Hat Tip to Broadcom

We know that four and a half million of you think the Raspberry Pi is great as it is – but with the help of Broadcom’s innovative chip design and engineering, the Raspberry Pi team has made it even better.

Meet the Raspberry Pi 2, a second-generation microcomputer that offers more than six times the computing power of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s original Raspberry Pi, without compromising the credit card-sized form factor or the affordable purchase price.

The Raspberry …

MEMS and More: Sensor Technologies that will Drive the Internet of Things

MEMS – or Micro electro-mechanical systems – are a very tiny component, literally. The low-power sensors are just a thousandth of an inch in size, and chances are you didn’t hear much about them in all of the news that came out of the annual International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.

Still, they’ve been called “the unsung heroes many of our favorite and beloved technologies” by the Mashable tech blog, which also acknowledged how MEMS are “particularly critical …

Parrot’s Drones: Let’s Hear it for the Toys

While the International Consumer Electronics Show is fading into memory, there’s one class of gadgets that continue to fly high in tech headlines: Drones.

These flying, hopping, roving vehicles were all over the show floor (and in the air) last week in Las Vegas, with Parrot SA showing off its collection in the South Hall.

This new crop of personal — or hobbyist — drones have come a long way from the remote controlled gadgets of past years. They come …

Kudos for 4K Joey: Broadcom Processors Inside DISH’s Award-Winning Ultra HD Set-Top Box

If there’s one clear trend to emerge from the International Consumer Electronics Show last week, it’s that 4K television is well on its way to the mainstream.

Ultra HD television sets are coming down in price and the industry is seeing an uptick in 4K content production, including efforts by Sony (in partnership with Netflix), AmazonYouTube and satellite operator DirecTV.

Broadcom is collaborating behind the scenes with industry leaders, including DISH, on the missing piece: How …

Broadcom’s Reach at CES 2015 Catches Media Attention

LAS VEGAS — The International Consumer Electronics Show, much like most industry trade shows, allow companies a chance to showcase their latest products, offer a peek at products on the year-ahead road map and hold face-to-face meetings with customers and partners.

But one of the bigger wins at a show like CES is news coverage. Thousands of journalists and bloggers from around the world converge on Las Vegas for CES so that their readers and viewers can also get

The Freaks Come Out in Vegas: Top Five Weirdest CES 2015 Sightings

LAS VEGAS — With some 2 million square feet of exhibit space, the International Consumer Electronics Show is a technophile’s paradise.

But don’t think that every gadget on display across the vast show earns a “ooh-aah” reception from every passer-by. Many of the gadgets here earn some strange looks and “What the heck?” reactions.

To get a sense of some of the bizarre out there, we sent the Broadcom Blog Squad out on the floor in search of the weird …