Natalie Martinez is a Web editor at Broadcom. She spent years sprinting in the fast-paced world of daily newspapers, most recently as a Web producer for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. She is based in Silicon Valley.

Creativity Rules at Internet of Things World Hackathon

What would you create if you were given a development kit, a team of strangers and a deadline?

Nine teams accepted that challenge at the hackathon event during the Internet of Things World conference last week in Palo Alto, Calif.

Participants were encouraged to team up by interest. They were armed with 30 hours of project time and development tools from companies like Broadcom, which handed out 50 of its WICED connectivity platforms to potential participants: 25 WICED™ Wi-Fi  and …

HTC One®, With 5G WiFi, “Best in Show” at Mobile World Congress

This week’s Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona showcases the latest and greatest in all kinds of mobile gadgets. Among the sleek new smartphones and tablets, the HTC One® was a standout: it nabbed “best in show” awards from a handful of publications and trade groups.

GSMA, the trade organization that puts on the annual Mobile World Congress, picked the One as the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” in its 18th annual Global Mobile Awards. HTC was

StrataXGS® Trident II Design Team Awarded by Electronic Products

It’s not every day that Broadcom’s hardworking engineers get recognized for their innovations, especially when their work deals in the particulars of managing the complex back-end of cloud networks. This week, the team that designed the StrataXGS® Trident II was lauded after the switch series was named one of the 2012 Products of the Year by Electronic Products magazine.

The award is an important triumph in the team’s collective careers, said Jim Harrison, the magazine’s West Coast editor, “as …

Report: Broadcom’s Home Networking Technologies Rank First for Innovation

When it comes to home networking technologies, Broadcom is an industry leader that is “well-positioned to lead” the hybrid wired-wireless networking space, according to an analyst report issued today by ABI Research.

In the report, Broadcom was named first among the top five chipmakers for innovation and implementation of home networking technologies. That conclusion was based on a competitive analysis by ABI that looked at the top home networking standards, such as HomePlug, MoCA, Wi-Fi and others.…

Broadcom, Rovi Open Doors for Enhanced Entertainment at IBC [Video]

Call it TV with a new twist.

When Blu-Ray players hit the scene a few years ago, they not only introduced viewers to a new vibrant, high-definition picture quality but also a lineup of new capabilities such as the ability to download a favorite movie or listen to an online radio station created on a laptop.

Today, the technology has spread its wings, going beyond Blu-Ray players and moving into many of the set-top boxes that consumers already have connected …

Broadcom’s Eben Upton Named Among MIT’s “35 Innovators Under 35″

Broadcom’s Eben Upton and his so-simple-it’s-revolutionary Raspberry Pi have been recognized in this year’s class of “35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review, which seeks young innovators whose “work is likely to be influential for a very long time.”

Upton, Technical Director in the Mobile and Wireless Group at Broadcom’s Cambridge, UK, office, helped create the Raspberry Pi, a $25 computer that’s ripe for tinkering.

Read Broadcom’s news release.

The aim of the affordable device is …

Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor: Talking ‘Mad Money’ on CNBC

An interview with Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor hit the airwaves July 25 on the heels of the company’s Q2 earnings. McGregor appeared on CNBC’s investment show “Mad Money” to talk about the company’s latest successes. Host Jim Cramer enthusiastically conducted the interview, musing throughout the segment: “What makes Broadcom different?”

Some highlights:

  • McGregor pointed to Broadcom’s stronghold in the growing smartphone arena: “Our connectivity products are in most of the smartphones that you can buy. And, so that