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Broadcom integrates Wi-Fi, NFC into Wii U

21 Nov 2012

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In light of Nintendo's recent launch of its Wii U, Broadcom Corp. has confirmed that its portfolio of wireless connectivity technologies including NFC (near field communication), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been integrated into the game consoles.

In the new Wii U system, Nintendo and Broadcom jointly developed customised 5GHz Wi-Fi technology that supports low-latency video and audio transmission between the console and GamePad controller. With the integration of Broadcom's NFC technology, the GamePad will be able to wirelessly interact with a broad selection of peripherals. Additionally, Bluetooth 4.0 support with backward compatibility enables most legacy games and legacy peripherals to be used with the new system.

With the Wii U's wireless connectivity capabilities, gamers will be able to play and watch TV at the same time. These capabilities can also open up a world of gaming and entertainment possibilities for developers and gamers.


* Use of dual-band Wi-Fi for optimal wireless transmission (including use of 5GHz Wi-Fi for low-latency video and audio transmission and use of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity for Internet access)

* Broadcom's NFC technology has the ability to further extend the benefits of connectivity with simplified pairing and seamless, instant communication between devices

* Inclusion of latest Bluetooth technology enables backwards compatibility with existing handheld controllers and supports future enhancements

* Broadcom InConcert wireless technologies uniquely enhance how devices work together by optimising performance of various radio components and minimising wireless interference:

  • BCM43362, BCM43237 and BCM4319 Wi-Fi chips provide proven wireless connectivity expertise with high-quality latency performance to ensure an immersive and responsive user experience
  • NFC:BCM20792 is the first NFC controller tailored for increased flexibility, developed in 40 nm and enabling low power performance
  • Bluetooth: BCM20702 chip improves consumer electronics controller applications

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