LAS VEGAS , Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 2010 International CES — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has ported the Android™ and Windows CE® operating systems to run on its advanced navigation processor (the Broadcom® BCM4760), enabling a new generation of location-aware mobile internet devices (MIDs) and personal navigation devices (PNDs). As PNDs and MIDs evolve to include increasingly sophisticated navigation functionality and location based services, support for open operating systems will make these devices attractive to a broader range of application developers, driving innovation and improved user experiences.
- Navigation and location awareness have rapidly become key capabilities in shaping the use case and user experiences of mobile devices, with analyst firm In-Stat projecting that 53 million PNDs will be shipped in 2013.
- As PNDs add more sophisticated mapping, connectivity and other advanced functionality to provide enhanced user experiences, open operating systems help to drive application and feature development.
- The Android and Windows CE open operating systems are both supported by large communities of developers, enabling device manufacturers to readily develop applications in-house or encourage 3rd parties to help drive innovation on their platform.
- In addition, by using off-the-shelf software packages for turn-by-turn navigation functionality (such as Intrinsyc Software's Destinator), Broadcom allows product developers to leverage existing design work to reduce time to market for new products.
- The Broadcom BCM4760 navigation processor integrates the necessary technologies and components to enable these next generation devices with a single-chip solution that saves cost, minimizes footprint size, and extends battery life. The key features of the BCM4760 include:
- A 65nm CMOS design process that delivers the most highly integrated solution available with a high performance GPS receiver and baseband, an ARM11™ processor, an OpenGL® ES 1.1/OpenVG™ 1.0-compliant graphics processor and advanced analog technology.
- Several costly external components normally required by competitive solutions such as an audio codec, touch screen controller and USB 2.0 controller with high speed transceiver, have been integrated on a single die.
- Built-in applications processing is powerful enough to support open operating systems, making it suitable to power PND devices that offer more advanced application support than current products.
- Support for Broadcom's other industry leading connectivity solutions such as Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and its InConcert® combo chip solutions that provide an easy way to add wireless connectivity that extends the user experience to other peripheral devices (such as headsets and Wi-Fi access points).
- Broadcom is demonstrating support for the Android, Linux and Windows CE 6.0 open operating systems on its BCM4760 navigation processor at the 2010 International CES.
Scott Pomerantz , Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's GPS line of business
“Time and again we've seen that platforms such as the PC or the smartphone that are based on open operating systems have been best able to offer their users a wide variety of applications and functionality, even driving a new software 'applications store' model. By supporting Android and Windows CE on our new navigation processor, Broadcom is enabling a similar approach in the PND market.”
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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, the demand for open operating systems that run on navigational processors and our position in that market. 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 the BCM4760 navigation processor, but are not limited to:
- the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt Broadcom's GPS technologies for mobile applications;
- trends in the wireless networking markets in various geographic regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into which our products are incorporated;
- the gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
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