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New Broadcom® BCM20730 Single Chip Bluetooth 3.0 Solution Drives the Adoption of Bluetooth in New Peripherals

New Bluetooth Solution Reduces the Complexity, Cost, and Size of Wireless Peripherals, Remote Controls and 3D Glasses

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 2011 International CES -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new Bluetooth 3.0 single-chip HID (human interface device) solution that enables advanced wireless connectivity for PC peripherals and 3D glasses at more competitive price points and longer battery life than competing solutions. The new Broadcom® BCM20730 Bluetooth transceiver integrates key electronic components that are commonly found in keyboards, mice, remote controls and 3D glasses, enabling more affordable wireless products that extend and enhance the experience of using PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablets, DTVs, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray players, and a growing range of consumer electronics devices.

Broadcom will be demonstrating wireless peripheral products based on the new BCM20730 Bluetooth chip at this week's International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • The rising popularity of social media, online media and other Internet-based applications is driving more diverse form factors (such as netbooks and tablets) among computing devices and more integrated connectivity in digital TVs and other consumer electronics products.
  • As these various devices evolve to offer applications that require increasing user inputs, more advanced peripherals that feature gestural control, the ability to interpret 3D images, and convenient text entry are replacing traditional wired mice and keyboards, as well as more conventional infrared remote controls.
  • The new Broadcom BCM20730 single-chip HID solution enables a new generation of wireless input peripherals and 3D glasses that take advantage of Bluetooth, the most widely available technology for these applications.
  • With smaller size, a higher level of integration and manufactured in 65 nanometer (nm) CMOS process technology, the BCM20730 delivers lower power consumption than other wireless HID solutions for longer battery life and a more satisfying user experience.
  • The new BCM20730 Bluetooth chip includes the following features:
    • On-chip support for common keyboard and mouse interfaces, eliminating the need for an external processor, reducing overall bill of materials (BoM) cost for wireless peripheral products.
    • An integrated programmable keyscan matrix interface, with up to 8 × 20 key-scanning matrices, eliminating the need for external components otherwise needed for keyboard and mouse products.
    • Built-in shutter control for 3D glasses, enabling advanced active-shutter glasses that synchronize signals with 3D televisions over Bluetooth (providing a more reliable link than infrared technology which currently dominates the category).
    • Superior receiver sensitivity that maximizes the range and coverage for Bluetooth peripherals.
    • Compatibility with Bluetooth 3.0, featuring the new UCD (unicast connectionless data) enhanced power control that saves power and extends battery life.
  • The BCM20730 single-chip HID solution is now sampling to Broadcom's early access customers.

Craig Ochikubo, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Wireless Personal Area Networking line of business

"Bluetooth peripherals and remote controls are growing in popularity, providing a more convenient user experience by eliminating wires that can clutter work spaces and impede gestural remote control movements. Our next-generation Bluetooth solution for these devices will enable longer battery life and lower cost, helping drive the trend toward more widely available wireless user interfaces for the most popular CE and computing devices."

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Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.  Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment.  We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices.  These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless communications semiconductor companies, with 2009 revenue of $4.49 billion, holds more than 4,500 U.S. and 1,900 foreign patents, and has more than 7,800 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.  Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

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All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change.  Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words.  Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our next-generation Bluetooth solution helping drive the trend toward more widely available wireless user interfaces for the most popular CE and computing devices.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with its BCM20730 Bluetooth solution, but are not limited to:

  • the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's Bluetooth technologies for remote control applications and other peripherals;
  • trends in the wireless networking markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;
  • our ability to timely and accurately predict market requirements and evolving industry standards and to identify opportunities in new markets; and
  • competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification, availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products

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