Broadcom Grows Connected Car Portfolio With Automotive Near Field Communication Chip

Tap-to-Connect Technology Delivers Seamless In-car Device Pairing

Jan 05, 2015, 08:05 ET from Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Infrastructure

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CES International 2015

News Highlights:

  • Enables new comfort and convenience features in a broad spectrum of vehicles
  • Extends Broadcom footprint in fast-growing automotive connectivity market
  • Highly integrated, small form factor NFC controller reduces power consumption by up to 60 percent1

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today expanded its connected car device offerings with the introduction of a new automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. The highly-integrated chip with tap-to-connect technology simplifies the set-up process for mobile device connectivity within the vehicle and enables comfort and convenience applications such as keyless entry and vehicle settings. Visit Broadcom's 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) site to learn more at www.connectingeverything.com.

Wireless connectivity inside the car is a critical requirement in transferring content from mobile devices to vehicle infotainment systems. By leveraging NFC technology, drivers can pair a mobile device by simply tapping it against the dashboard, rather than navigating menus on two separate screens. In addition, integration of NFC in a windshield allows an NFC-enabled digital key to exchange data such as authentication, user profile and vehicle information – an application that will be especially useful in simplifying the car rental process. NFC-enabled digital key use can also be extended beyond the vehicle for tasks such as mobile payments and access to restricted buildings or parking garages.

"The NFC market is experiencing explosive growth in a variety of end market segments and we anticipate this strong trajectory to continue," said Dominique Bonte, ABI Research Vice President and Practice Director. "The automotive market in particular holds great promise for NFC."

The highly integrated BCM89095 NFC chip joins Broadcom's growing portfolio of automotive connectivity solutions including its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Smart combo and stand-alone Bluetooth Smart chip. The ultra-low-power, small form factor NFC chip reduces power consumption by 60 percent, uses 30 percent fewer components and a 35 percent smaller board area than previous generation devices1. The automotive-grade device is optimized to meet the stringent requirements of the automotive industry including extreme temperature tolerance, AECQ100, ISO9001 and TS16949 manufacturing guidelines.

"Today's advanced in-car technologies are driving a dramatic leap forward in automotive entertainment," said Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director of Wireless Connectivity. "Broadcom's new automotive NFC chip offers an innovative architecture that reduces development time for our customers while providing a simplified tap-to-connect experience for drivers and passengers."

Key Features of the BCM89095

  • High drive current maximizes the NFC field envelope to simplify pairing
  • Offers automotive temperature Grade 3 (–40°C to +85°C) operation
  • Extends data rates to 848 kbps
  • Active Load Modulation (ALM) next-generation technology reduces antenna size down to very compact sizes
  • Supports Reader/Writer (R/W) mode, Active and Passive Peer (P2P) mode and Tag/Card Emulation mode
  • Enhances Low-Power Target Detection (LPTD) mode for extremely low average current consumption
  • Supports latest NFC Forum specifications, including NFC Controller Interface (NCI 1.1) for host

Availability

The Broadcom automotive-grade BCM89085 NFC chip is now sampling.

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1 As compared to previous generation Broadcom devices

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®.  For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

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