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Broadcom Adds Near Field Communication to Internet of Things Platform

Broadcom Corporation, 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.

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.”