Broadcom introduces 5G Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO Combo Chip

Broadcom today introduced the industry’s first 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac) 2×2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) system-on-a-chip (SoC) for smartphones.

The Broadcom BCM4354 SoC will enable manufacturers to deliver twice the Wi-Fi performance of 1×1 MIMO devices used in smartphones today while improving system power efficiency up to 25 percent when using wireless applications.

Consumers expect a fast, always-on smartphone experience. Performance however can be degraded by many factors including how a phone is held or positioned. In the past, MIMO systems have solved these problems on tablets and larger devices by using multiple antennas.

With Broadcom’s advanced antenna and PHY design, the BCM4354 can now deliver the benefits of 5G Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO to smaller platform designs like smartphones while reducing implementation complexity for designers. This achievement enables the industry’s first practical implementation of 2×2 MIMO on a smartphone, opening the door for a new market segment.

“Smartphones have become the epicenter of today’s digital life and consumers are demanding ever increasing levels of performance and sophistication,” said Dino Bekis,  vice president, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Broadcom.

“As a leader in wireless connectivity solutions, Broadcom continues to deliver unprecedented features and capabilities to this demanding and rapidly growing market,” added Bekis.

A version of Broadcom’s BCM4354 SoC supports Rezence wireless power technology, developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) which delivers additional wireless freedom. All versions feature a full software platform including support for Android, Windows and Chrome-based operating systems. The BCM4354 is now in production.

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