If we want our cell phones to pack more functionality into an increasingly shrinking package, manufacturers will need to combine functions into smaller components. Broadcam is following the convergence trend with the announcement of a new 65 nanometer combination chip. This single component handles both Bluetooth and FM radio, letting you both transmit and receive through your choice of wireless standard.
The new combination chip offers Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and it’s also got a high-performance FM stereo radio transceiver. It’s becoming increasingly popular for music phones to come with built-in FM transmitters, so this chip will help to achieve that as well.
The Broadcam BCM2049 combo chip, with SmartAudio voice processing, is currently available for sampling for early access customers.