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Broadcom unveils Wi-Fi solution for PCI bus

Posted: 07 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadcom? wifi chipset? chipset? pci express? bcm4311?

Broadcom Corp. has announced what it claims is the first Wi-Fi chipset that supports the PCI Express bus architecture.

Designated the BCM4311, the chipset is a highly-integrated 802.11a/g processor with an integrated media access controller (mac). It has a small footprint to maximize design flexibility for wireless-enabled notebook PCs, printers and other client devices.

The chip features BroadRange technology, an advanced digital signal processing technique that allows devices based on 54g technology to stay connected at distances up to 50 percent farther from a wireless router than previous generation solutions, said Broadcom.

The BCM4311 also supports Broadcom's OneDriver software, which enables users to configure their Wi-Fi networks with the push of a button. The software provides a 125 High Speed mode to deliver up to 40 percent greater throughput than typical 802.11g or 802.11a/g systems.

"By providing early access to the most advanced technologies, we enable our customers to get a head-start in building next-generation wireless products that make the most of the PCI Express bus architecture," said Jeff Abramowitz, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Home & Wireless Networking Business Unit, in a statement.

The BCM4311 is now sampling to early access customers.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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