Broadcom announces BCM43012 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip

Broadcom claims that the chip consumes 80% less power than most Bluetooth solutions and delivers up to three times the battery life as compared to Broadcom's previous combo chips

Published Date
05 - Jan - 2016
| Last Updated
05 - Jan - 2016
 
Broadcom announces BCM43012 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip

Broadcom has announced the BCM43012 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth low power combo chip at CES 2016. The chip allows OEMs to integrate Wi-Fi into platforms that have traditionally been powered by Bluetooth along battery size or constrained power budgets. Broadcom claims that in some applications, the BCM43012 consumes 80% less power than most Bluetooth solutions. The company has also claimed that the new chip delivers up to three times longer battery life as compared to Broadcom’s previous combo chips.

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Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced its latest and lowest power Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip for mobile platforms and accessories. The BCM43012 delivers up to 3X longer battery life compared to Broadcom’s previous combo chips, enabling OEMs to design a new wave of high-performance connected devices. For more CES news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.
 
The BCM43012 allows OEMs to integrate Wi-Fi into platforms that have traditionally been powered by Bluetooth alone due to battery size or constrained power budgets.  In some applications, the BCM43012 Wi-Fi consumes 80 percent less power than the most common Bluetooth solutions today.  This significant reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption enables OEMs to leverage the increased throughput and range of Wi-Fi to deliver new use cases in a wide variety of devices. Using integrated Wi-Fi, accessories can also connect directly to the cloud without an intermediary smartphone.
 
“For more than a decade, Broadcom has achieved a market leadership position in connectivity combos by setting the standard for performance, features, and power consumption,” said Dino Bekis, Broadcom Vice President of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. “We have applied this expertise to launch a family of products for the promising mobile accessories markets with solutions that allow our customers to deliver a new generation of connected platforms with breakthrough capabilities.”
 
Key Features and Benefits
·         Highly-integrated 28nm dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.2 SoC
·         Integrated efficient power amplifiers (PAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs), and power management unit (PMU) for low rest of bill of materials (RBOM) cost and small system footprint
·         Architectural improvements provide unrivaled low power in sleep and active states for both Wi-Fi and BT
·         Coexistence hardware and algorithms to ensure optimal Wi-Fi and BT performance
·         WLAN features include enhanced proximity and location features enabled by 802.11mc and TurboQAM® data rates up to 96 Mbps
·         Bluetooth features include angle of arrival (AoA) and angle of departure (AoD) technology, wireless charging support for A4WP and AirFuel, and early adopter 2 Mbps Low Energy protocol capability
Availability
The BCM43012 is now sampling with leading OEMs.