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Broadcom Develops WiFi and Bluetooth Combo Chip for Cars

Broadcom announces a Wifi and Bluetooth combo chip featuring the latest wireless communication stanadards; 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready.  The chip is specially designed for automotive use with low power consumption.

Broadcom's new BCM89335 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip will allow automakers to easily integrate the latest generation 802.11ac wireless standards, which Broadcom markets as "5G Wi-Fi," as well as Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication into their vehicles with one thumbnail-size chip.

So how that benefit the owners of such vehicles equipped with one of those chips? You could use it for smartphone remote control of your vehicle's settings, high-speed connectivity via LTE hot spots, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and even the syncing of biometric data to make sure the driver isn't fatigued or drunk when he or she's behind the wheel.

For example, a car parked in a garage could quickly sync media with a home 802.11ac Wi-Fi network that's in range. A driver with a smartphone could take advantage of that phone's Internet connection to provide data to the vehicle's navigation system via Bluetooth's 2.4GHz connection while simultaneously streaming video to a rear-seat entertainment system over the 5GHz Wi-Fi connection without the signals interfering with one another.
Broadcom also revealed their plan about taking advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy tech to provide connectivity with wearable technologies. Perhaps those newfangled smartwatches that manufacturers are rushing to the network will one day be able to connect to your car to serve as a key or send biometric data to vehicle safety systems.

We've already started to see some of these wireless technologies making their way into cars that you can buy today, but with automotive product cycles being what they are, it will probably be a while before we start to see Broadcom's newly announced chips making their way into production cars.

Broadcom Develops WiFi and Bluetooth Combo Chip for Cars Reviewed by Blogs on 2:54 PM Rating: 5

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