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Combo chip delivers up to three times longer battery life

6th January 2016
Nat Bowers

Delivering up to three times longer battery life compared to the company's previous combo chips, Broadcom has announced its latest and lowest power WiFi/Bluetooth combo chip for mobile platforms and accessories. The BCM43012 enables OEMs to design a new wave of high-performance connected devices.

The BCM43012 allows OEMs to integrate WiFi into platforms that have traditionally been powered by Bluetooth alone due to battery size or constrained power budgets. In some applications, the BCM43012 WiFi consumes 80% less power than the most common Bluetooth solutions today.  This significant reduction in WiFi power consumption enables OEMs to leverage the increased throughput and range of WiFi to deliver new use cases in a wide variety of devices. Using integrated WiFi, accessories can also connect directly to the cloud without an intermediary smartphone.

Dino Bekis, Vice President of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Broadcom, commented: "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. 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."

The BCM43012 is now sampling with leading OEMs.

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