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Broadcom’s new SoC brings Multiple Wireless Charging Standards to Smartphones

May 28, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This morning, Broadcom announced a new SoC (System on a Chip) that integrates multiple wireless charging standards, so that we should see more wireless charging in more places. Right now there are three primary standards for wireless charging. That’s PMA, Rezence and Qi. Now some of these may not stand the test of time, while others will. But Broadcom has tried to negate that by building in all three into their latest processor. Introducing their new BCM59350 chip. The hardware will allow them to use any of those standards out-of-the-box. Additionally it’ll support 7.5W instead of the usual 5W. So your gear should charge even faster now.

Right now, Broadcom hasn’t stated which OEMs will be using this new chip, or when it’ll be available for sampling or be available in devices. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with this. For those interested, we have the full press release down below. Its very interesting to see several different wireless charging standards in one processor. And definitely good for the future of wireless charging. How many of you are hoping this chip is in your next processor? Let us know in the comments below.

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a new multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU)  that drives RezenceTM technology into the mainstream while providing compatibility with existing deployed standards.  When combined with Broadcom’s WICEDâ„¢ (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Smart family of SoCs and software for the charging pad, manufacturers can now build complete and broadly compatible end-to-end wireless charging solutions.  For more news, visit Broadcom’s Newsroom.

Broadcom’s high performance BCM59350 wireless charging PMU enables automatic selection between specifications from all three leading standards organizations including the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Power Matters Alliance(PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for OEM flexibility.  A4WP uses resonant technology, called Rezence, that allows consumers to “drop and go,” placing multiple devices on a single charging surface without the trouble of accurate positioning or alignment.

“Available today, Broadcom’s new wireless charging technology enables device manufacturers to build multi-standard wireless power receivers, alleviating consumer confusion and driving the benefits of Rezence technology into the mainstream,” said Reinier van der Lee, Broadcom Product Director, Mobile Platforms.  “Broadcom delivers the complete package — interoperable wireless charging, leading mobile connectivity and WICEDâ„¢ Smart technology for charging pads, simplifying the development process and enabling a fully interoperable ecosystem to our customers.”

Rezence uses Bluetooth Smart technology as a reliable communication channel between the smartphone and charging surface, taking advantage of the wide deployment of Bluetooth in mobile devices and wearables.  Leveraging Broadcom’scombo connectivity leadership, mobile device manufacturers can easily add multi-standard wireless charging, simplifying development and accelerating time to market for a best-in-class smartphone platform design.

“Demand for wireless charging is set to explode over the next five years,” said Ryan Sanderson, IHS Technology Associate Director, Power Supply & Storage Components.  “IHS forecasts the number of devices shipped annually that are enabled to charge wirelessly to increase to over $50 million in 2014 and accelerate to $900 million in 2018.  This is projected to drive a combined market for wireless power receivers and transmitters worth $8.5 billion in 2018.”

Key Features: 

  • Efficient – up to 88 percent AC to DC efficiency
  • High performance – supports up to 7.5W for faster charge time than standard USB and wall charger
  • Boost mode – Broadcom enables charging performance with 50 percent less voltage
  • Support for automatic selection between standards and single mode operation
  • NFC coexistence – Broadcom’s wireless charging design ensures high-quality NFC performance
  • Implementation flexibility – can be designed in a smartphone motherboard or battery cover
  • Small PCB footprint – Broadcom’s design supports multiple standards in the same size as a single standard solution
  • Low cost – Broadcom’s solution has a cost-effective bill of materials with no external active components, excluding WICEDâ„¢ Smart

The Broadcom BCM59350 wireless charging smartphone PMU is now sampling with select customers.

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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 www.broadcom.com.