Separately, Broadcom is helping pave the way to software-defined networks (SDN), creating a new API for its chips with an unnamed group of comms OEMs and software developers. “Were fairly agnostic to the industry trends in these directions working with OEMs and their proprietary software stacks as well as the standard OpenFlow stacks, too,” he said.
“I don’t believe you will see a forklift upgrade to SDN, it’s a much more a gradual evolution that may occur,” Samueli said. “I can see pockets of SDN forming over the next few years, but it’s up to OEMs how they will support the technology,” he said.
On the mobile front, Broadcom is working to extend its strength in combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chips into integrated applications processors. It is already selling 3G apps SoC and announced an LTE baseband, but is behind Qualcomm and Nvidia in developing an integrated 4G chip.
“We’ve invested heavily” in integrated smartphone SoCs, he said. “Discrete apps processors are only in very leading edge products, once you move down one notch most solutions are integrated processors with modems,” he said.
Separately, “the Internet of Things is driving Ethernet into machine-to-machine interfaces,” Samueli said. He foresees “an explosion of potential devices that will require low cost links to the Internet with wireless on one side and Ethernet on the other,” he said, npoting Broadcom’s low power WICED boards aimed at that emerging market.
"an explosion of potential devices that will require low cost links to the Internet with wireless on one side and Ethernet on the other"
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