Aaron Schmidt is a Web Editor at Broadcom, managing Broadcom's social media alongside his writing duties. He has worked in Internet advertising at WebVisible and in journalism as a contributor for 944 Magazine. He holds an English degree from UCLA and a Master's in Communication Management from USC.

Barcelona Bound: Broadcom Heads to Mobile World Congress 2014

The rising popularity of mobile devices — everything from smartphones and tablets to the new wearable fitness devices — has put the spotlight on Barcelona this week, where the annual Mobile World Congress tradeshow kicks off today. With some 72,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors from 79 countries expected, the show has become the biggest showcase for all things mobile.

Of course, it’s not just the devices that drive the excitement around mobile technology. At the Broadcom booth this week, visitors will

Video Roundup: See the Blog Squad in Action at CES 2014

It’s tough to convey the frenetic energy, round-the-clock excitement and sheer scale of the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES),  but the Blog Squad made it out of Las Vegas (backpacks heavy, pockets light) after a whirlwind week of chronicling the best of Broadcom’s activities.

For the folks back home, there is no real substitute for the tech industry’s greatest show on Earth. To that end, we made sure our coverage of the annual tech gathering included lots of video shot

News Roundup: Broadcom Plays Into Top Trends at CES 2014

Thousands of tech companies compete to be heard amid the buzz  about the latest gadgets and gizmos on display at the International Consumers Electronics Show (CES). It takes something special to grab the attention of the assembled journalists, and this year, Broadcom was up to the task, garnering headlines across publications from national newspapers to trade blogs.

Below is a roundup of the biggest stories and what reporters and bloggers had to say about Broadcom at CES 2014.

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Broadcom’s Scott McGregor Honored with UCLA Executive Leadership Award

As an innovative technology company, Broadcom takes pride in seeing the impact that its efforts have — whether increasing efficiency in the data center or improving an end-user’s experience with a new device. And while that alone can be a driving force around campus, some recognition from time to time is nice, too.

Last week, Broadcom President and Chief Executive Scott McGregor was recognized for his personal contributions to the growth of innovation in IT and awarded the Executive Leadership Award …

Broadcom Makes Headlines in India with Connectivity Tech Event

Advanced smartphone features — such as rich graphics, mobile payments or the screen-sharing capabilities that come with Miracast — typically have been limited to the newest, premium devices sold in the U.S. and Europe.

Now, the excitement around those sorts of offerings is spreading to emerging markets, notably India, a country where mobile phones have seen skyrocketing adoption because of their affordability, more than the bells and whistles that they offer.

At a recent media event in New Delhi, Broadcom

Broadcom Gets Hacked: Engineering Interns Crunch Code for Prizes, Bragging Rights

The idea of a hack-a-thon — where programmers get together and flex their coding muscles in a marathon group session — isn’t new.

There’ve been similar events all over the world for games, music, mobile apps, even actual exploit hacks where programmers manipulate machines to do their will — for good or for evil.

While the particulars of each hack-a-thon are different, the idea is the same: Put a lot of smart people in a room and create …

Broadcom Chief Scott McGregor Named One of the Top 100 STEM CEOs

The corporate sector has taken up the call to support STEM education — by funding enriching opportunities for students to study and stick with the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math — and Broadcom is no exception.

Broadcom Chief Executive Scott McGregor was recently included on a list of the top 100 CEO leaders in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) — a distinguished group of execs that are frontrunners in promoting education in these important subjects. He was …

Broadcom and Rovi Team Up to Slim Down Ultra HD’s Big Bandwidth

Consumers have proven time and time again that, when it comes to new television technologies, they’ll eventually buy in – just at their own pace. Case in point: high-definition televisions that were out of reach for most consumers when they hit the scene five or so years ago have finally reached a pricing level that’s attractive to the mainstream.

Now, the next wave of TV technology – an advanced display called Ultra HD– is teasing consumers with the beautiful, …

Broadcom Foundation Looks to Engineering Students for the “Next Big Thing”

Microsoft, Google, and Facebook were all started by students who never could have predicted that their projects — and products — would change the world. But the winners of the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition, selected by a panel of technical experts at Broadcom and hundreds of the company’s top engineers, just might.

Broadcom co-founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Henry Samueli kicked off the evening by introducing the 12 competitors— graduate-level engineering students who hail from top universities around …

That’s a Wrap! Interop ’13 Brings SDN into Focus

This year at Interop, top IT professionals, bloggers and industry analysts converged in Las Vegas to see the future of networking on display.

As for Broadcom, the company announced products that are driving the next wave of networking innovation: Enabling enterprise and SMB-level companies to adopt the cloud and deploy other advanced networking technologies and bringing the power of big data to every business, regardless of size.

Broadcom also released an advanced enterprise access point system-on-a-chip, (read: mega router …