Broadcom today announced its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and sensor hub combo chip to deliver new always-on location applications for mobile devices.
The Broadcom BCM4773 minimizes battery drain and adds a new layer of intelligence to location technology on mobile devices by integrating the GNSS chip and sensor hub into a single combo chip.
Broadcom’s architecture enables information from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, GPS and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) to be calculated on a single system-on-chip (SoC) instead of the application processor (AP).
This unique design drives more than 80 percent power savings by offloading from the AP and lowers cost by reducing board area by 34 percent.
“This will be the industry’s first combo chip that brings GNSS and sensor hub technology together to revolutionize mobile apps in areas such as health, fitness and lifelogging,” said Mohamed Awad, Broadcom Director, Wireless Connectivity.
Meanwhile, Broadcom will power Ultra HD set-top box (STB) technology in pact with Vodafone Germany.
Vodafone’s 4K-enabled consumer set-top box, the first Ultra HD STB to be introduced in Germany, will deliver broadband subscribers Ultra HD content at 4X the resolution of traditional HD displays.