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Broadcom's InConcert Wireless Connectivity Suite now Includes Advanced Bluetooth Features

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June 02, 2011

Broadcom's InConcert Wireless Connectivity Suite now Includes Advanced Bluetooth Features

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Broadcom Corp. has enhanced its InConcert wireless connectivity suite with advanced Bluetooth features.

Thanks to this new functionality, Broadcom (News - Alert) has been able to simplify the integration of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) into PCs and consumer electronics (CE) products, as well as tripling the bandwidth available to Bluetooth remote controls and other interface devices.

BCM20702 and BCM20733 are included in the new Broadcom single-chip solutions. While BCM20702 drives BLE into PCs and CE products, BCM20733 has been designed to bring Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) to remote controls and cutting edge HID products.

Company officials said that these new chips enhance the Bluetooth capabilities of the company’s InConcert connectivity suite. InConcert connectivity solutions enable capabilities such as remote controls with voice recognition capabilities and notebook PCs that can read BLE sensors.

BCM20702 makes it easier to integrate BLE into PCs, game consoles and other consumer electronics devices. Company officials said that this increases the relevance of this emerging connectivity option for innovative applications developers. And the new BCM20733, a single-chip solution, is targeting HIDs that includes support for Bluetooth EDR.  

Some of the product highlights of BCM20702 include elimination of the need for external memory components due to integrated memory. This “significantly” reduces the cost and complexity of Bluetooth PC and CE designs.

Company officials said that the product includes integrated support for both modes of BLE, enabling devices to both read BLE sensors and also connect to readers to share configuration and other data. Plus, optimized firmware enhances the user experience of 3DG in DTVs and includes built-in support for gestural based gaming for both DTVs and STBs.

BCM20733 has been manufactured in 65 nanometer (nm) CMOS process technology. Company officials said that this product has been designed to meet the higher data rates and lower power consumption needs of high-end STB and gaming remotes.

It features integrated voice sampling firmware, which enables users to speak search terms into a remote control and relay those commands to a DTV or STB that then interprets the command locally or performs an Internet-based search using Google voice search.  

Additional highlights of BCM20733 include extended audio data rate in the chip, enabling high-quality voice recognition capabilities; the ability to integrate key electronic components that are commonly found in keyboards, mice, remote controls and 3D glasses; and more.

“Our targeted Bluetooth solutions are each tailored to specific applications and both leverage our mature architecture, software and enhancements to unleash the creativity of device makers in developing their next generation devices,” saidCraig Ochikubo, vice president and general manager for Wireless Personal Area Networks at Broadcom.

Recently, the company announced two additions to its security system-on-a-chip (SoC) family with the introduction of the BCM5882 and BCM5883.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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