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Broadcom unveils 5G Wi-Fi SoCs for home devices

08 Jan 2014

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Broadcom has released 5G Wi-Fi SoCs for connected home devices. The company says the BCM43569 and BCM43602 allow OEMs to deliver the speed, range, and bandwidth needed for streaming HD-quality content, online gaming, and other high-bandwidth applications in the home. The BCM43569 is a dual-band 2x2 MIMO chipset with a USB 3.0 interface and coexistence technology that allows smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously. The BCM43602 is a 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution that allows platforms to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host processor to deliver the benefits of 5G Wi-Fi to clients.

Consumers are streaming video content to multiple devices in the home using various applications and content delivery services. Legacy technologies limit the ability to support the evolving bandwidth and quality of service needed for the intensive connected home lifestyle. For example, using Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as remotes, speakers, and game controllers can reduce available Wi-Fi bandwidth and cause interference when playing an online game or streaming a movie from a tablet to a smart TV. The BCM43569 is a dual-band 2x2 MIMO chipset with a USB 3.0 interface and coexistence technology that allows smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously.

Broadcom unveils 5G Wi-Fi SoCs for home devices

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 3x3 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. Beamforming is also supported on both chips to ensure whole-home wireless coverage.

"By the end of 2014, 802.11ac is expected to be included in more than 50 per cent of total Wi-Fi ICs shipped," said Phil Solis, research director, ABI Research. "By maximising the wireless connectivity performance in connected home devices, Broadcom continues to help drive the industry adoption of 802.11ac technology across all product segments."

The company says the BCM43569 and BCM43602 chips are now sampling.




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