Broadcom Contributes Bluetooth Software Stack into Android Open Source Project

Broadcom Contributes Bluetooth Software Stack into Android Open Source Project

Accelerates Bluetooth Innovation for Simplified Application Development

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  oBroadcom's Bluetooth software stack chosen for stability, quality and
  oSingle, common platform simplifies application development and enables
    innovation in Bluetooth products and services
  oContribution helps proliferate Bluetooth use in Android-powered devices

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in
semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced
the contribution of its Bluetooth software stack to the Android Open Source
Project (AOSP). The software will also be included in Android 4.2. For more
news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

Broadcom's offering consolidates features, Bluetooth specification support and
APIs, providing developers a single, common platform for building new
applications. By incorporating Broadcom's contribution, Android provides OEMs,
accessory makers and applications developers a robust Bluetooth solution that
will help drive continued Bluetooth use in Android-powered devices and open
the doors for the development of new Bluetooth applications – including heart
rate monitors, 3D glasses, remote controls and sensors.

The interpretation of a standard like Bluetooth can be understood and
implemented differently across different devices. Over the past ten years,
Broadcom has updated and refined its software to account for variations in
device behavior. By regularly participating in the Bluetooth Special Interest
Group (SIG) UnPlugFests, Broadcom ensures interoperability between devices and
across different product segments. The contributed Broadcom stack is vendor
agnostic and has been proven on multiple Bluetooth chips from different

Broadcom's leading Bluetooth software stack has shipped in more than one
billion devices, enabling seamless communication between smartphones and
tablets. As the largest Bluetooth solution supplier on Android, Broadcom will
continue to optimize the stack and drive innovation for the Android

Market Drivers:

  o1.3 million Android devices are activated every day, about 12 devices per
  oThe Bluetooth market is expected to achieve cumulative shipments of more
    than 20 billion by 2017^2


Mark Powell, Executive Director, Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)

"This announcement marks an important milestone as we continue to see
Bluetooth technology proliferate in the market for mobile device operating
systems. Close integration of Bluetooth technology at the operating system
level provides maximum interoperability and enormous benefits for developers
and consumers alike, and will be one of the major factors contributing to the
near triple-digit growth projected for Bluetooth technology in the next five

Michael Hurlston, Broadcom SVP and GM, Wireless Connectivity Combo

"Demand for Android devices is growing, and new advancements in Bluetooth
technology, like Bluetooth Smart Ready, offer exciting new applications and
user experiences. But the fragmentation of Bluetooth software stacks has
prevented developers from building Bluetooth applications that support all
Android smartphones and tablets. Broadcom's proven Bluetooth software stack
and open source support removes these barriers, enabling a new generation of
exciting Bluetooth products for a range of applications such as health
monitoring and home management services."


^1 Google, September 2012

^2 ABI Research, Bluetooth Research Service, August 2012

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industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and
embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting
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