Broadcom offers its top trend predictions for CES 2013

Summary:Some of the big trends expected to take CES 2013 by storm include location-based technology and, yet again, more talk about NFC.


NFC seems to be the one trend over the last few years that gets a lot of attention, but it just hasn't gone anywhere with consumers yet.

That could change next year as potential use cases continue to move farther away from thinking simply about mobile banking and payments.

Hurlston asserted that as NFC extends beyond to gaming (i.e. on the Nintendo Wii U) and TVs even, the NFC ecosystem is "getting broader than we initially forecasted."

Mohamed Awad, associate product line director for the mobile and wireless group at Broadcom, added that iIt's about interacting with devices in new ways and enabling them to move content from device to device.

"You have to bridge virtual world with physical world, and NFC enables that," Awad continued.

Essentially, based on the way Broadcom is presenting the future of NFC, it looks another -- if not a better way -- to transfer content from device to device beyond Bluetooth.

Using the NFC-enabled Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet, Awad demonstrated launching the same applications (i.e. Angry Birds) and activities (a particular website already open in Chrome) between these two devices.

By focusing on those types of things, Awad remarked that Broadcom can then "free up" time and work for partners like Google and Samsung to worry more about the high-level experience.

Awad admitted he thinks NFC-enabled mobile payments will happen, but the reality is that consumers need to get more comfortable with the technology and infrastructure behind it. He added that widespread mobile payments via NFC probably won't happen for two to three more years, but the content transfer between devices is happening now.

Connected Car

With an entire wing dedicated to it this year, there should be a lot of conversations about connected cars at CES 2013.

Right now, Broadcom estimated that approximately 15 percent of U.S. households own a vehicle with a connected communications system. Furthermore, Broadcom reps cited ABI Research from this year that this market will grow to $39 billion by 2018.

Nick Ilyadis, vice president and CTO of the infrastructure and networking group at Broadcom, explained that the company is focused on reducing connectivity costs and cabling weight within connoted cars while providing 100Mbps Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.


We all know by now that BYOD raises a lot of questions and worries about security threats, but 2013 will be the year where these worries need to be addressed.

Citing a Lippis report, Ilyadis remarked that analysts are predicting that BYOD adoption will be the biggest transition within the enterprise world since the birth of the mainframe.

As wireless becomes the primary method that employees connect to a corporate network, Ilyadis listed some of the solutions that Broadcom is working on to address BYOD. That includes unified switching for scaling more efficiently with better redundancy as well as application intelligence about which apps are running on devices down to the user and port levels.

A more unique use case is an platform that schedules which times certain websites and applications can be available to users on an enterprise networks. This is more in reference to personal and social-related platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter. Thus, an IT department could free up access to Facebook for an hour or two for use during lunchtime, and then they are blocked off again for the rest of the day.

Topics: CES, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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