Broadcom launches 5G Wi-Fi SoC

Broadcom today introduced new 5G Wi-Fi system-on-a-chips (SoCs) for connected home devices.

The BCM43569 and BCM43602 enable OEMs to deliver the speed, range and bandwidth requirements for streaming HD-quality content, online gaming and other high-bandwidth applications in the home.

The BCM43569 is the industry’s first dual-band 2×2 MIMO combo chip with a USB 3.0 interface and advanced coexistence technology that enables superior performance by allowing smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously.

Routers, gateways and set-top boxes rely heavily on the platform’s host CPU processing power to deliver HD content over 5G WiFi to multiple devices in the home. Broadcom’s BCM43602, a new 3×3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution, enables these platforms to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host processor to deliver the benefits of 5G WiFi to the consumer.

Combined, the new chips deliver the speed, power and range requirements needed around the home to support consumer demand for content anywhere and anytime. Beamforming is also supported on both chips to ensure whole-home wireless coverage.

“As the first company to deliver 5G WiFi across all product segments, Broadcom continues to lead innovation and engineer even more powerful next-generation 5G WiFi products that support today’s content-hungry consumer,” said Rahul Patel, vice president, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos.

“Our new advanced solutions bring consumers an elevated video streaming experience across the wirelessly connected home and provide OEMs with the benefits of improved system cost and form factor,” added Patel.

“By the end of 2014, 802.11ac is expected to be included in more than 50 percent of total Wi-Fi ICs shipped,” said Phil Solis, research director, ABI Research.

“By maximizing the wireless connectivity performance in connected home devices, Broadcom continues to help drive the industry adoption of 802.11ac technology across all product segments,” added Solis.

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