Chipset maker Broadcom said it had initiated a global restructuring plan to cut expenses and "better align its resources to areas of strategic focus." As a result, the company said it will cut up to 1,150 employees (some of whom originated from its recent acquisition of LTE assets from affiliates of Renesas Electronics).
ARM has been quietly shifting way from mere gadgets and getting deeper into the network, and several announcements this week exemplify how far the company and its technology have come.
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Executives from wireless carriers have repeatedly said over the last few years that the connected car represents a massive new opportunity. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has been particularly vocal about the possibilities: "The way we think about the car is that it's just a big smartphone on wheels," Stephenson said earlier this year at Mobile World Congress. "The connected car will become just as routine as people carrying a smartphone."
Broadcom has adapted its latest 802.11ac chipsets to fit the growing demand for automotive connectivity. The company introduced the BCM89335 combo chip, also called "5G Wi-Fi," that combines 802.11ac with Bluetooth Smart technology to allow vehicles to connect to smartphones and home networks and give drivers access to a bevy of new applications.
Another day, another million-dollar or billion-dollar deal. At least that's how this week seemed, and it's not even over yet.
The stage will be set for Wi-Fi's migration beyond the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum bands and onto 900 MHz spectrum with an initial IEEE vote on the new 802.11ah standard, which may occur within the month.
Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor is banking on the idea that there will be a wide array of companies interested in creating wearable computing devices, and that Broadcom will be able to sell its wireless chips into that new category.
C-DOCSIS, the low-cost cable architecture intended for high-density apartment buildings and other multi-dwelling units, may play a significant role in emerging cable markets around the globe.
When NFC emerged a decade ago, it was seen as a replacement for credit cards. Early adopters include Samsung and Visa, which embedded an NFC payment system in Galaxy smartphones, and the city of San Francisco, where drivers can tap phones to an NFC reader on parking meters to pay for a space.