FILE PHOTO: A sign at the head of the office of chip maker Broadcom, Ltd, which was announced on Monday an unsolicited offer to buy peer, Qualcomm Inc., for $103 billion, it has been shown, in Irvine, California, USA, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
(Reuters) – Broadcom Inc., on Thursday, in a new chip aimed at the elimination of the choppy phone calls and listening to music on the Bluetooth headset.
The San Jose, Calif. – based company is a leading supplier of high-end smartphone makers such as Apple Inc., with whom they have agreements to provide, as much as $15 billion dollars ‘ worth of chips.
The Broadcom chip is to be released on Thursday, are processed with Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless communication functions in a device, such as a smart phone. The Bluetooth part of the chip allows the use of two-way radios, in tandem, in order to communicate with devices such as headphones.
Vijay Nagarajan, vice president of Broadcom’s mobile connectivity division, said the technology is referred to in order to avoid choppy conversations, and listening to music while walking in busy areas such as subway platforms, where the Bluetooth signals to other people that the devices may cause interference and drop-outs.
“We can make a wireless connection from your phone to the headset to be more resilient,” Nagarajan told Reuters.
The Bluetooth-enabled chips, will also be possible to have one of their radios in a low power mode, so that it can remain on all the time to “listen” to devices trying to connect to a mobile phone, a feature designed to help you connect to a wireless headset quickly.
The chip will also include support for Wi-Fi-6, a new version of the common standard for a wireless network, which is expected to be much faster than any of the previous versions if you have both a phone and a Wi-Fi router to have the new chips that support it. However, before the technology can be used in the US, the Federal Communications Commission needs to complete its end of 2018 to move to open it, use the 6-ghz frequency range.
If the US regulators to open the spectrum in the months ahead, Nagarajan said devices with the new chips to come to market as early as this fall.
Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall