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Why Unlicensed Spectrum Allocation is Critical to the Next Wave of Innovation

Over the years, consumers have been quick to adopt the technologies made possible by wireless spectrum, the invisible airwave frequencies that deliver everything from radio and TV broadcasts to Wi-Fi Internet connections.

Yet, as more people become armed with more wireless devices, the congestion across these frequencies increases and the performance of the signals begins to erode.

Ever try to upload a photo to a social media site from a crowded event? Chances are that it took several tries for …

New Consortium: Faster, More Cost-Effective Ethernet Possible at 25 / 50 Gbps

Have a cursory look around the consumer technology landscape and this much is evident: Everything is moving to the cloud.

The cloud is home to data in the form of photos, videos, software applications, books, music and e-commerce, financial transactions – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. This massive amount of data—7.7 zettabytes by the end of 2017, according to Cisco— is constantly being collected, computed, stored and called up from any device anywhere, by consumers

Broadcom Enables Next-Gen Smartwatches to Get Armed with Wi-Fi

Consumers have come to expect peak performance from whatever connected device they are toting — a demand that’s trickling down to smartwatches.

The next generation of smartwatches — the most promising devices to emerge in the wearables category — are predicted to have similar functionality as their smartphone sidekicks.

Wi-Fi opens up a whole range of use cases that would enable consumers to get more functionality out of their smartwatches, with new possibilities for listening to music, tracking health and …

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, …

Broadcom and Other Tech Leaders Form IoT Consortium to Accelerate Interoperability for Connected Devices

The tidal wave of Internet-connected gadgets – everything from fitness-monitoring wristbands to thermostats to door locks – makes clear the imperative of interoperability.

The central questions among the embedded technology companies that make these devices tick: How do the expected 212 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices get connected to the Internet? And how do they “talk” to the device (smartphone or tablet) that’s managing them?

“Interoperability will be a critical enabler as the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve,” said …

Video Demo: 5G WiFi Enables Real-Time Sports Location Tracking

We’ve been talking about the everyday use cases for indoor location technology — but Broadcom is leveraging its expertise in Wi-Fi and GPS to take location technology to the next level.

Industry watchers have long been heralding the benefits of location-based services, most of them a boon to mobile advertisers and shoppers. Yet for all of its utility, the uptick in adoption of such technologies has been slow due, in part, to the costs of implementation and privacy concerns.

Broadcom’s …

WICED™ Now Supports HomeKit

When consumers bring new devices into their homes — perhaps a thermostat or lighting controller — the set-up process can make or break the experience. They want a device that can be brought onboard their home, and securely connected with other devices — without a lot of headache.

That vision is being realized with Apple’s new HomeKit Accessory Protocol. In iOS 8, Apple introduces HomeKit, a new framework that delivers a common protocol for simple set up and communication with …

Nick Ilyadis in Converge! Network Digest: Facing the IoT “Data Deluge”

Editor’s NoteBroadcom experts often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in Converge! Network Digest, in which Nick Ilyadis, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Infrastructure & Networking Group, talks about the technologies that will enable the Internet of Things.

From Converge! Network Digest:

It’s hard to avoid the buzz these days about the Internet of Things (IoT), the next evolution of computing …

Broadcom’s 5G WiFi Behind Meru’s Winning Wi-Fi Access Point Test

We’ve talked up the benefits of 802.11ac Wi-Fi — which Broadcom calls 5G WiFi — for some of the most-anticipated smartphones and tablets to hit the market. Consumers are also starting to see how 11ac is improving their home networks, too, with 5G WiFi-powered routers.

But many don’t know that this faster, longer-range flavor of wireless connectivity is being rolled out at enterprises, college campuses, hospitals and airports via local hubs called Wi-Fi access points (AP), which ensure that …

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 …