New Broadcom Bluetooth Chip Brings Wireless Charging to Wearables

BluetoothA new Bluetooth chip from Broadcom is seeking to be in your next smartwatch or other connected wearable device. On Wednesday, the company announced the BCM20736, a Bluetooth Smart system-on-a-chip which is now available in samples to device makers. What makes this latest silicon different? It has built-in support for wireless device charging as well as wireless data. The new Broadcom chip is small enough to power a smartwatch for sure: It measures 6.5 x 6.5 millimeters. And it has a processor on board as well: An ARM Cortex M3 is at its core which also includes an integrated radio frequency and embedded Bluetooth Smart Stack. The wireless charging feature supports the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP) standard. Essentially, it’s an all-in-one low-power solution for building connected wearables that are simple to recharge. Read the full story at Giga OM.