Internet of Things

Internet of Things: Accelerating through the power of Broadcom technology.

The Internet of Things is expected to grow to include more than 50 billion devices by 2020 – and Broadcom’s out-of-the-box connectivity platforms are providing developers with the tools to kick-start their life-changing devices. As a leader in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart, Broadcom ensures that standards-based connectivity technologies play nicely together, whether at home, in the office or on the go.

With all of that embedded hardware engineering already complete, Broadcom’s hardware and software development kits help to quickly turn creative IoT ideas quickly into prototypes and ready-for-market devices for both large and small companies.

Internet of Things Markets

Bluetooth tags can be lifesavers, helping track down lost keys and phones. But Bluetooth technology is also part of the rapidly rising use of beacons by retailers to successfully drive big data for in-store customer analysis with real-time, customized promotions and discounts.
Developers are tapping Broadcom’s Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy) wireless technology and robust software stack to build and create a highly interoperable ecosystem of smartwatches, fitness bands, biometric monitors and other wearable devices that are securely feeding a growing market of self-health, monitoring and diagnostic applications.
With IoT products ranging from air conditioners to connected toothbrushes, it’s clear to see that the Internet of Things isn’t easily defined by traditional product categories. With the integration of networking and server-based processing technology that allows the imagination to become reality, the Internet of Things is a market where the new business possibilities are limitless.
From blood glucose monitors to wireless pill boxes to patient monitoring systems, doctors and hospitals are enhancing the level of patient care by tapping into the ubiquity and speed of wireless devices.
Bluetooth connectivity for hands free sparked a revolution of in-car infotainment and telematics that includes wide ranges of applications that connect our mobile lives and bring a living room experience to the car that increases comfort, personalization and safety, including hands-free calling, music streaming, passenger health monitoring and basic service and performance metrics.
Developers are using the WICED platform to fine-tune connected audio experiences, whether it's synchronized wireless speakers throughout the home or music on-the-go from a wireless headset or portable speaker with Apple AirPlay or Google Cast.
As the Internet of Things expands into the industrial arena, wireless devices can help improve the efficiency of control systems and provide tracking of key assets. Companies can use sensor and M2M big data to drastically reduce production time, energy usage and variable costs using the information created by smart meters remote diagnostics, and environmental sensors.
Putting the “smart” in smarthome, Broadcom’s WICED platform enables rapid development of applications that bring simplified, wireless access with compelling value to appliances, lighting, thermostats, home security systems and other touchpoints that have yet to be imagined.

Bluetooth Smart Ready

For broader and more efficient functionality, devices that are Bluetooth Smart Ready can handle both traditional Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart connectivity. This includes a majority of smartphones, tablets, PCs and TVs. Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are compatible with other Bluetooth Smart Ready, Bluetooth Smart and traditional Bluetooth devices.

In a Smart Ready Device, Bluetooth Smart functionality is integrated into a Classic Bluetooth controller. The resulting architecture shares much of Classic Bluetooth technology's existing radio and functionality, allowing minimal cost increase compared to Classic Bluetooth technology and enhancing the development of Classic Bluetooth-enabled devices with new capabilities.

Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart is a low energy and power-efficient Bluetooth network that is designed to shut off when not in use.

Also known as Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE, Bluetooth Smart has a range of about 30 to 50 feet, making it the wireless technology of choice for wearable devices that are small in size and powered by coin cell batteries, such as heart rate monitors or smart watches.

WICED Smart is a very low power family of pin-compatible modules, which when paired with the included Software Development Kit (SDK), vastly reduces the effort required to add Bluetooth Smart (previously known as Bluetooth Low Energy) wireless connectivity to embedded applications. The WICED Smart SDK enables developers to quickly create applications targeted for low-power, embedded devices connecting to Bluetooth Smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Broadcom provides WICED Smart Development Kits to deliver turnkey hardware solutions to enable Bluetooth Smart connectivity.


Wi-Fi is a universal standard, but it's also the optimal solution for long-range connected devices in the home, such as the smart thermostat that also controls the home security system or the smart coffee maker that can be turned on remotely, without getting out of bed.

Wi-Fi connects to your home router and also has a broader wireless range than Bluetooth and offers significant cost and power-savings benefits. IoT applications that leverage Wi-Fi can be packaged into smaller form factors, promise easier onboarding to a home network and are scalable.

Use WICED Wi-Fi to create secure embedded wireless networking applications on an existing product microcontroller, or on an additional WICED module that includes a microcontroller. Either way, the comprehensive and size-optimized WICED application library and embedded Wi-Fi driver work together with a Broadcom® embedded wireless LAN chip to provide seamless wireless connectivity. Apple MFi HomeKit ready and Universal Bluetooth Smart to WLAN bridge designs are also available.

All About WICED Meet WICED, Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices.

Interoperability is critical to the proliferation of the Internet of Things, which is why the WICED (pronounced “wik-id”) platform is bringing secure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless connectivity to nearly every emerging product category in the Internet of Things ecosystem, including home appliances, health and fitness monitors, automation and asset tracking systems, smart meters and an array of consumer electronics devices.
The WICED portfolio of development systems enables Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and BLE connectivity for:

  • Home appliances
  • Home monitoring and control
  • Health and fitness
  • Automation and logistics
  • Digital cameras and imaging
  • Smart meters and energy management
  • "Headless" devices without a means of interactive configuration for connectivity
  • PAN-LAN bridge and cloud applications
  • Consumer Electronics


WICED Communities

Broadcom and its WICED developer communities, including the industry-leading partners listed above, are supporting the development of IoT devices from conception to production by providing forums, development kits and other information for customers, partners, programmers and other interested parties.

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