Broadcom Releases All-In-One Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and FM Chip–NFC Coming to the iPhone 5S? by akramshahzeb


									Broadcom Releases All-In-One
Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and FM Chip–
NFC Coming to the iPhone 5S?

Broadcom has just released a chip that includes Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and FM radio together
for the first time. Now, if I were Apple and wanted to include NFC in my devices, I’d probably
want to have it take up the least amount of space possible. That would be having it on a chip that
would already need to be included, yes?

From VentureBeat

But that’s not fast enough for chip maker Broadcom. Today, the Irvine, Calif.-based company
said it is introducing a new chip at the upcoming 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show
that lowers the cost of NFC. It does so by packing the NFC capability within a chip that has a
total of four radios, including Bluetooth, FM radio, Wi-Fi, and NFC. By packing several features
together, Broadcom is able to reduce the overall price of every feature on the chip.

The new Broadcom chip will be available in early 2013. NFC will enable new applications such
as mobile payments, which are expected to grow from $4.2 billion in completed transactions in
2012 to $100 billion in 2016, according to ABI Research. John Devlin, an analyst at market
researcher ABI, said, “We predict that over three and a half billion NFC-enabled devices will
ship over the next five years, opening up huge market opportunities for companies like
Broadcom. As a leader in wireless combination technology and with strong existing OEM
relationships, Broadcom is well positioned to capitalize on this growth in smartphones and other
consumer electronic devices.”

Maybe this is what Apple has been waiting for to implement NFC in iOS devices. If space is a
premium in devices now (since for a lot of iDevices the things are mostly battery now), you’d
want it on a single chip to take up less space (maybe less power too, but I’m not an engineer).

This, I think, adds some credence to rumors of NFC in the iPhone 5S. The timeframe of
availability in early 2013 fits. Would this provide a big boost to NFC or is it just going to be
another technology that needs more time to mature.

Photo by lespounder from Flickr.

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