Broadcom's InConcert Selected For New Netbook and Notebooks
Although Wi-fi is in nearly 100 percent of shipped laptop Bluetooth loges behind at a significantly lower number. It is estimated that the ratio will change by 2014 to having Bluetooth in 90 percent of laptops shipped. The Broadcom InConcert Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules were chosen by five of the top Laptop manufactures Asus and Samsung included for their netbook and notebook devices.
Broadcom said the OEMs will be using the InConcert combo modules (BCM94313HMGBEPA) which in comprise of the BCM4313 single stream 802.11n, the latest wireless standard and BCM2070 Bluetooth 3.0 +HS. Also included is Broadcom’s Wi-FI OneDriver with support for the latest versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows7, Windows XP, Windows Vista) and Linux.
"Broadcom has an unprecedented focus on productizing technology that enhances the user experience, ultimately making ease-of-use a norm for wireless connectivity in leading PC platforms. Our InConcert module brings best-in-class Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi onto a Half MiniCard, overcoming the form-factor constraints of these smaller mobile computers. Broadcom's thrust on consumer experience has led to innovative products that intelligently manage Bluetooth and Wi-Fi performance to enhance usability of both technologies operating in tandem". Robert Rango, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Wireless Connectivity Group.
The InConcert combo modules features InConcert co-existing technology which allow both systems can operate without interference between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when they are operating at the same time. So wireless users will be able to browse the internet, listen to music, play games and use a wireless mouse and keyboard.
"While WLAN is now ubiquitous for wireless data connectivity, Bluetooth is becoming increasingly important with Notebooks and Netbooks to provide wireless voice connectivity for VoIP applications and to connect Bluetooth enabled peripherals. Increasingly the trend is towards providing a combo module with WLAN and Bluetooth in a mini half card Form Factor to overcome space constraints on the mobile platforms and to guarantee better radio coexistence." Ajit Deosthali, Research Manager for Memory, Short Range Wireless and Consumer Electronics Semiconductors, IDC.