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.

Have Wi-Fi, Will Travel: Wi-Fi Alliance Improves Passpoint for Better on-the-go Experiences

As a growing number of consumers rely on connected smartphones to manage their daily tasks – both work and play – the availability of widespread, robust Wi-Fi connections becomes important. To meet those demands, a growing number of “managed,” or “service provider,” Wi-Fi networks are starting to be being offered by cable companies, ISPs and even by savvy retailers and businesses.

Consumers benefit because they get easy access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection wherever they roam. In exchange, businesses get …

Industry Watchers See New Data Center Configurations, Cost Savings Potential for StrataXGS® Tomahawk

Broadcom recently invited market analysts and tech bloggers to a lab in San Jose, Calif. for a first-hand look at its new Ethernet switch family, StrataXGS® Tomahawk™.

In the works for some time, the Tomahawk switch family earned high marks from the handful bloggers and reporters who follow embedded silicon players in the industry.

Among other features, they noted its ability to scale, its cost savings potential, and a feature set that enables a smooth transition to software defined networking …

Got a WICED™ Idea? What Would You Build with Broadcom’s Embedded Wireless Tech?

Broadcom’s WICED™ platform has sparked the imaginations of Internet of Things developers, smart engineers who are rolling out products and applications that showcase the power – and potential – of the technology.

In recent weeks, Broadcom and its partners have made a slew of announcements for new devices that tap the out-of-the –box connectivity experience that WICED offers to developers, entrepreneurs and startups.

  • Netatmo is using WICED™ Wi-Fi to enable a collaboration with French designer Philippe Starke for a stylish,

Technology Leap: 5GWiFi Helps DISH’s New Wireless Joey Cut the Set-Top Box Cord

Satellite TV provider DISH Network recently upped the ante on the cord-cutting craze with its Wireless Joey™ system, the first 802.11ac Wi-Fi set-top box to leap beyond the living room.

The wires that the Joey ditches are being replaced with 5G WiFi – Broadcom’s brand name for the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard that’s recognized as faster, longer-range and more robust than previous generations.

TV set-top boxes are part of a growing collection of new devices – including home networking routers, …

Ravi Manik in Telecom Lead: Addressing Backhaul and Fronthaul Network Demands

Editor’s Note: Broadcom experts often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in Telecom Lead, in which Ravi Maink, Director, Corporate Business Development for India & South-East Asia at Broadcom, talks about the importance of infrastructure for mobile networks.

From Telecom Lead:

Targeting the microwave system vendors, Broadcom recently introduced BCM85100 which is Industry’s first 10Gbps wireless Millimeter Wave SoC – addressing backhaul …

Trio of Awards Recognize Broadcom’s Impact on Mobile Growth in China

It’s no secret that China is driving the next great groundswell of demand for mobile devices. What’s becoming more obvious – and highlighted through recent awards – is the impact that Broadcom’s portfolio of connectivity products is having on the rise of mobile devices in that country, as well as in other emerging markets.

Consider the state of mobile devices today: Roughly 400 million people in China – more than the entire U.S. population – are now using smartphones, a figure …

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 …