Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 15

We're back after CES and have a little bit of post-show wrap-up. We kick off this week's podcast with a discussion of Intel's near term challenges in the industry...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2013

Element Case Sector 5 for iPhone 5 Review

Most of the AnandTech crew seems to be averse to putting cases on their phones for a variety of different reasons. I’m still of the persuasion where I want...

47 by Brian Klug on 1/26/2013

Intel Introduces the Safaricom Yolo Based On Z2420 Lexington Smartphone Platform

At CES I took a look at Intel's newly announced Lexington platform FFRD (Form Factor Reference Design) which is an entry-level smartphone design aimed at emerging markets and uses...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/24/2013

A Look at SkyCross and their Actively Tuned VersiTune Smartphone Antenna

On the last day of CES, while still getting over some of the death curry that we foolishly ingested the night before, I had a meeting with SkyCross, who...

9 by Brian Klug on 1/20/2013

Brian's Concluding Thoughts on CES 2013 - The Pre-MWC Show

Anand asked each of us to write up some final thoughts on CES 2013, something which is honestly a daunting task at best, and a potentially controversial or rage-inducing...

8 by Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

CES 2013 LTE Throughput Face-Off - AT&T versus Verizon Wireless

Last year I ran a series of speedtests on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless LTE during CES, the results of which were pretty interesting. My friends continue to poke...

25 by Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

A Look at Samsung's Curved Smartphone Concept and 4.99-Inch 1080p AMOLED Display

I got a chance to look at some of Samsung Displays' new and upcoming products, probably one of the highlights of my CES 2013 experience. There's a bit to...

25 by Brian Klug on 1/12/2013

Quick Look: Pantech's Discover Android Smartphone

My weirdest meeting was probably with Pantech, who I met with in the Convention Center main concourse and seemed to not have an official presence at CES. Pantech’s main...

3 by Vivek Gowri on 1/12/2013

LTE Broadcast (EMBMS) Shown Running on Verizon's Band 4 LTE on Qualcomm Hardware

Another demo I was impressed by at the Qualcomm booth was LTE Broadcast (EMBMS - Evolved Multimedia Broadcast / Multicast Service) demonstrated on a live test network showing an...

0 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Qualcomm Demos Category 4 LTE (150 Mbps) running on Snapdragon 800 / MSM8974

At Qualcomm's booth among a number of other Snapdragon 800 (the newly-announced SoC formerly or also known as MSM8974) demos was one that caught my attention. Qualcomm setup a...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Verizon shows off Alcatel Lucent LightRadio-based LTE Small Cells - Deploying in 2H 2013

I dropped by Verizon's booth at CES 2013 and among all the consumer electronics and devices that we've pretty much already seen before saw one new thing — Alcatel...

4 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Hands On with Samsung Galaxy S 2 Plus - Contains BCM28155 SoC

Earlier in the week Samsung announced the Galaxy S 2 Plus, a rather strange late-cycle update to the SGS2. The device is pretty much what you'd expect, and contains...

10 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Broadcom Teases its first LTE-enabled Baseband with VoLTE Demo

I dropped by Broadcom during CES, and while we've already covered most of what they had to show off, one of the things which immediately caught my eye was...

2 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Samsung Announces Exynos 5 Octa SoC - 4 Cortex A7s, 4 Cortex A15s

Earlier this morning Samsung announced a new eight core SoC and the spiritual successor to the Exynos 5250 "Exynos 5 Dual" called the Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5410?). This...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/9/2013

Hands On with the Huawei Ascend W1, Ascend D2, and Ascend Mate

There hasn't been much in the way of mobile handset news out of CES 2013 this year, save some announcements by Huawei this morning. I didn't get a chance...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/8/2013

LG bringing UltraHD, OLED and more Google TVs to your living room

LG President and CEO Wayne Park kicked off their CES press conference by reminding us that the brand’s presence in North America was launched a decade ago at CES...

5 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/7/2013

AT&T 2013 Developer Summit Keynote: Live Blog

While 2013 CES is going full tilt, AT&T also holds its developer event and keynote at the Palms, in almost the same place where we were last night for...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

Audience Announces 3rd Generation Sound Processor - eS515

About a month ago, Audience flew me out to their office in California to talk about a number of things. First, they offered the chance to check out anecohic...

3 by Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

CES Gear - What's in Vivek's Bag

After seeing Brian’s post on the gear he brought to CES, I decided to write my own. Forewarning: his kit is far more intense than mine. After two years...

5 by Vivek Gowri on 1/7/2013

More NVIDIA Icera i500 Details - 28nm HP, Category 3 LTE At Launch, 4 Later

We've confirmed some more details about NVIDIA's newly-announced Icera i500 Soft Modem. First, the Icera i500 is built on TSMC's 28nm HP (High Performance) High-K Metal Gate process. NVIDIA's...

4 by Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

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