Broadcom launches quad-Combo NFC chip
Broadcom introduces two new Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions to be showcased at the upcoming 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company announces the industry's first quad-combo to integrate certified NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM onto a single chip. Broadcom also announced a single card solution combining its 5G WiFi combo chip with its industry-leading standalone NFC.
Broadcom says its Quad-combo BCM43341 offers OEMs small size, power and cost advantages. The quad-combo also provides a flexible interface with multiple secure elements to ensure various payment business models are supported. Additionally, Broadcom's standards-based software stack implements NFC Forum specifications, including NFC Controller interface (NCI), to support multiple operating systems. As a testament to its certified solutions, Broadcom recently contributed its NFC software stack into the Android 4.2 operating system. Main features include:
- Integration of NFC, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and wireless coexistence on a single chip for reduced radio interference and simplified connectivity,
- 40nm CMOS process delivers improvements in size and power consumption,
- Designed for low-cost printed circuit board (PCB) chip-on-board applications,
- Field power harvesting capability enables support of NFC transactions even if battery has expired.
Broadcom also introduces its single solution on a card, integrating its 5G WiFi combo chip with the BCM20793 NFC chip. According to Broadcom, the single solution on a card joins tap-to-pair functionality and ease-of-use of NFC with speed, coverage and performance benefits of 5G WiFi to create the ideal platform for highly-mobile devices. For example, high throughput, high-definition video transfers using 5G WiFi will be significantly enhanced with NFC's simplified functionality. Also, the single solution on a card allows to support multiple secure elements to ensure various payment business models are supported. Main features include:
- Integration of industry's first 5G WiFi combo chip and mass market, payment-certified NFC standalone chip on a single card,
- Optimized bill-of-material (BOM) and printed circuit board (PCB) or module layout design.
Broadcom's quad-combo and single card solution are now sampling with early access customers, with full production expected in Q1/2013.
Analysts do notice Broadcom customers include Samsung, with its Galaxy SIII, and Apple with the last four iPhone generations. In addition, Broadcom and Google recently announced that Broadcom’s BCM20793 NFC controller chip is to be integrated in Google’s Nexus 4 handset and its Nexus 10 tablet, in both cases in connection with secure element delivered by STMicroelectronics.