Broadcom announces new four-way radio chip

By Vivek

In the second edition of the NFC World Congress where 557 organisations representing over 650 participants from 60 countries gathered, Broadcom brought about solutions to the formerly used NFC technology by bringing about the idea of a four-way radio chip.

The four way radio chip believed to integrate a quad-combo of NFC,bluetooth,Wifi and FM onto a single chip, is believed to taper the cost of Near Field Communication technology. Broadcom is preparing for NFC's expansion into broader consumer electronics devices like game controllers, TVs and remotes, computer keyboards and mice, headsets, printers and more.

Broadcom also announced a single card solution combining its 5G WiFi combo chip with its standalone NFC.The single solution on a card joins tap-to-pair functionality and NFC with speed, coverage and performance benefits of 5G WiFi to create a platform for mobile devices.

Broadcom's quad-combo chip and single card solution are now sampling with early access customers, with full production expected in Q1 2013.NFC will enable new applications such as mobile payments, which are expected to grow from $4.2 billion in completed transactions in 2012 to $100 billion in 2016, according to ABI Research.