CES - Las Vegas - Broadcom Corporation has expanded its portfolio of 5G Wi-Fi chips and system-on-chip (SoC) devices for mass market retail routers, wireless cable/DSL/PON gateways and set-top boxes (STBs). The new 802.11ac offerings enable OEMs to design products that meet consumer demand for streaming HD content wirelessly across multiple devices in the home, said Broadcom.
Within the Wi-Fi portfolio Broadcom claims the industry's fastest 4x4 5G Wi-Fi MU-MIMO chip for home gateways and STBs. The BCM4366 incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features, including a MU-MIMO implementation, which delivers up to a 4x increase in speed. In addition, multiple radio optimizations enable the delivery of broadcast-quality video over a wireless network, and when coupled with the BCM47094 network processor SoC which uses a 1.4 GHz dual core ARM processor, it delivers “unprecedented wireless and video streaming performance” for retail Wi-Fi access point routers.
Key features include:
- NitroQAM modulation for higher peak throughput
- Capable of 8x8 5G Wi-Fi XStream configuration with 8 client MU-MIMO support
- Dedicated hardware for enhancing video distribution while maintaining best-in-class data performance
- Enhanced receiver performance in the presence of interference for better range
- Enables 160MHz aggregation for mobile devices taking upload and download speeds to the next level
- Zero Wait DFS allows access points to connect to more 5 GHz channels and achieve higher capacity to deliver better performance
The new portfolio also includes the BCM53573 and BCM47189 dual-band 2x2 5G Wi-Fi SoCs for affordable and mid-tier residential routers, wireless repeaters, power line and MOCA Wi-Fi bridges. These two SoCs are said to be the first to integrate a 2x2 802.11ac radio on a single chip with a CPU and Ethernet switch, which reduces cost.
Key features include:
- Integrated 2x2/1+1 5G Wi-Fi with CPU, FE switch and USB
- Concurrent frequency operation in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands for routers
- High performance ARM CPU & PCIe to enable handling simultaneous dual-band 5G Wi-Fi
- RGMII to enable GigE
- iPA and ePA support
Resources: Visit Broadcom's 2015 CES site to learn more at www.connectingeverything.com.