Broadcom Adds Near Field Communication to Internet of Things Platform

First to Integrate Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and NFC Into Single Development Kit Using WICED

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —

News Highlights:

  • Enables seamless tap-and-connect consumer experience for IoT devices using WICED software development kit (SDK)
  • Simplifies integration of NFC for developers in home, medical, retail and enterprise segments
  • Positions Broadcom for growth with NFC users expected to reach more than 500 million by 20191

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the integration of NFC into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED™) software development kit (SDK). This new offering enables Broadcom to support the need for NFC in a wider array of products and expands its range for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom

Broadcom's WICED SDK with NFC simplifies the set-up process between mobile and smart devices. The tap-to-activate capability of NFC enables a user to touch their smartphone to a portable speaker and instantly launch a music streaming application without a complex set-up menu. The tap-to-control experience for NFC-enabled products is compelling for smart home and medical devices where the user is likely to interact with a variety of devices with limited or no display or graphical user interface (UI). By integrating NFC, Broadcom enables developers to create more complex products with a wider variety of use cases. For example, by tapping their smartphone to a smart thermostat, a user is instantly recognized and the house is automatically set to their preferred temperature.

"Broadcom is the first to integrate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart onto a single platform, and today we further distance ourselves from the competition by adding NFC to our WICED software stack," said Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom Senior Director, Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. "The massive potential of NFC combined with the proliferation of the Internet of Things creates significant opportunities for Broadcom and our customers across a range of growing markets including home, medical, retail and enterprise."

The Broadcom® WICED SDK with NFC is in production and can be downloaded here.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's  Newsroom, read the  B-Connected Blog, or visit  Facebook or  Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's  RSS Feed.

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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  

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