Broadcom Launches New Platform for Smartwatches

By Kaushik

Broadcom, in the semiconductor industry, one of the major names have just announced a new platform designed specifically for smartwatches. The company says that the latest platform can be used in wearables ssuch as smartwatches and will increase the battery life of the device and other features as well.

Accodring to Broadcom the existing smartwatch platforms in the market consume a lot of battery thereby draining th battery very quickly. The platform developed my Broadcom offers original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) more features including GPS with sensor hub processing,near field communication (NFC) and wireless charging support.

Broadcom Launches New Platform for Smartwatches

Android Wear, as of now, has no support for 2G/3G modem, NFC, Wi-Fi and camera. However, Broadcom's including support for these features in the new platform is definitely a smart move, which will ensure that the platform will not require a hardware revision, in case Android Wear decides to add support to those features in the near future, or a manufacturer wants to use the platform to develop devices for platforms other than just Android Wear.

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The new platform will be launched at the MWC 2015 next week. Similarly as Broadcom had announced a new GPS chip targeted at wearables, at the MWC 2014. As far as availability is concerned, Broadcom has said that the platform is now being sampled to manufacturers, but nothing has been said about whether there is already an Android Wear device in the making, based on the new platform. We might get to hear more at the MWC 2015.

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