Broadcom has announced its first 5G Wi-Fi combination chips targeted specifically for entry-level PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones. The new 5G Wi-Fi solution will be showcased at Computex next month, with mass production slated to start in the second half of the year.
With more enterprise and retail routers rapidly moving to the latest IEEE 802.11ac standard, there are significant new opportunities for 5G Wi-Fi to be integrated into mass market platforms. Broadcom is the first company to deliver 802.11ac technology and it will provide OEMs an affordable solution that offers all of the performance, range and power advantages of 802.11ac in a single-chip design. Broadcom’s 5G Wi-Fi technology is currently powering the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
Broadcom has launched new 5G Wi-Fi chips
“Broadcom is the leader in delivering 802.11ac-based products, and we reinforce that leadership today, staying one large step ahead of our competitors with new 5G Wi-Fi chips designed to help OEMs capitalise on the massive potential of entry level mobile devices,” said Rahul Patel, Broadcom Vice President, Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combo Group. “This 1×1 design lowers cost while still delivering dramatic speed, power and performance, empowering a broad new user base to effortlessly stream HD video and significantly increase their Wi-Fi range in the home, office or hotspot zone.”
The new chip is integrated into select LG TVs and the ASUS ROG G75VW gaming laptop, as well as routers from Belkin, Buffalo, Cisco, D-Link, Edimax, NETGEAR, Samsung and Tenda.
Broadcom’s second generation of 5G Wi-Fi combo chips, the BCM43162 and BCM4339, offer the same performance, range and power consumption benefits as the flagship BCM4335, but integrate the complete front-end, power amplifier (PA) and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), to enable a low-cost, mass market solution. The BCM43162 is a PCIe-based client solution for PCs, while the BCM4339, with secure digital input output (SDIO) interface, is a mobility solution for smartphones and tablets with support for Windows and Android.