Rachel Rosmarin is the chief trade show correspondent for Broadcom. Her technology reporting experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys at publications including Forbes, Tom’s Guide/Tom’s Hardware, Business 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture and is based in Los Angeles.

IBC 2013: Laying the Groundwork for Ultra HD Adoption

Ultra HD, the next big thing in television technology, may be on the fast-track to living rooms – but before it can get there, it must first get past some potholes and detours along the way.

On the upside for early-adopter consumers, pricing and availability won’t be big deterrents. The Consumer Electronics Association has forecast shipments of more than one million Ultra HD sets by 2015, driven in large part by already plummeting prices and increased consumer demand.

But before …

By the Numbers: Broadcom’s Patent Prowess Boosts Innovation, Invention

Patents are the lifeblood of any engineering company. A healthy patent pipeline translates into a steady flow of groundbreaking new products and feeds the deep well of innovation that companies aim to cultivate among their best and brightest employees.

At Broadcom, patents are personal. They’re what engineers have to show for their thousands of research hours and long days in the lab. They are badges of honor and pride.

With close to 12,000 employees — nearly 1,000 of them holding …

NFC: More than Just Mobile Payments

Are you one of those consumers who taps a smartphone against that special payment terminal at the checkout counter, instantly paying for those new shoes or the cart full of groceries?

No? You’re not alone.

Mobile payments is an idea that’s been talked about and tested for some time now but just hasn’t generated the traction that might be expected, especially given the infatuation that today’s consumers have with their beloved smartphones. But now, a technology that’s behind mobile payments …

5G WiFi Momentum: Smartphones Spark 802.11ac Adoption

Our smartphones are our always-on companions — they are the key to our schedules, the lens to our world and the connection to our friends, family and colleagues. Increasingly, they’re also becoming drivers of new, innovative connectivity technologies.

Consider how the next generation of Wi-Fi — an engineering standard called 802.11ac, or 5G WiFi — is gaining ground via the smartphone and consumer demand for faster downloads, more robust connectivity and improved power efficiency.

The first routers and laptops to …

Going Deep: Network Processors Tackle Security, Speed

When consumers think about “the network” — whether a corporate network, a home network or even the mobile network — they tend to measure its performance based on things like connectivity and reliability, instead of speed and security.

But carrier-grade companies think differently. They worry about the vulnerability of the network and try their best to thwart hackers from compromising sensitive information stored on those networks — things like customer usernames and passwords, corporate intellectual property and critical applications.

Certainly, a company’s reputation …

Broadcom’s Engineering Zeitgeist: Company Recognizes Innovators Among its Ranks

To the untrained ear, the degrees and credentials earned by Broadcom’s deeply talented brain trust can sound like alphabet soup. Engineers’ names are often followed by a trail of patents, products and Ph.D.s that might stymie outsiders but motivate and inspire their colleagues who are savvy enough to recognize legitimate technical breakthroughs when they see them.

Within Broadcom, everybody knows that these accomplishments are what propel the company — and, in many ways, innovation within society — forward. That’s why …

Why Ethernet Always Wins: Celebrating 40 Years

In 1973, the United States launched Skylab, its first space station, and Pink Floyd sang about the “Dark Side of the Moon.” The same year, a technology was born that would revolutionize computing for the next several generations. This month, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ethernet.

Ethernet, the family of networking standards that enables computers to locally connect to each other, is still the ultra-strong backbone to the many networks we use every day. Its use has extended beyond …

From Mobile World Congress: Small Cells Go Big at Home and Outside

As a growing number of people rely on their mobile data connections to upload photos, stream music or play games on their smartphones or tablets, even the smallest slowdown creates frustration that can sting.

This network congestion problem will only increase as more people power up new data-hungry 3G and 4G mobile devices, which bogs down not only the pipe between a device and a base station but also plagues the data transfer between the base stations and the rest …

Broadband Around the Globe: Highlights from Broadcom’s International Press Event

Along the halls of the Consumer Electronics Show, its impossible to ignore the international feel of the show. Attendees flock to Las Vegas from around the world and converge on the show floor speaking dozens of languages.

As a global company, Broadcom certainly launches products that drive innovation in different international markets and has an interest in demonstrating the technology trends from across the globe.

At the show this week, Broadcom hosted a press conference for the journalists who …

Broadcom’s Michael Hurlston on CES Panel: “Six Wireless Technologies You’ll Want to Know”

Things got seriously geeky during one of the hundreds of specialized breakout sessions at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

Certainly, everyone here at the show wants to know what the next big thing will be. So it’s no surprise that a panel called “Six Wireless Technology You’ll Want to Know” would attract a standing-room-only audience.

Among those talking shop and debating the future of wireless tech was Broadcom’s own Michael Hurlston, senior vice president and general manager of wireless …