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Broadcom products are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Posted: 15 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom? IEEE 802.11a/g? reference design? Wi-Fi CERTIFIED? WMM?

Broadcom Corp. announced that its IEEE 802.11a/g access point and client reference designs are among the first devices to be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) Power Save requirements. The certification is driven by the Wi-Fi Alliance and ensures that wireless LAN (WLAN) products are interoperable with other mobile products that implement the new WMM Power Save features. These features promise to extend the battery life of wireless-enabled mobile devices while maintaining appropriate quality of service (QoS) levels for voice, video and data applications.

WMM Power Save enhances legacy 802.11 power save technologies and includes elements of the IEEE 802.11e QoS standard. The new features increase the power efficiency of Wi-Fi devices with enhanced signaling capabilities, and improve performance with flexible power management that allows applications to maintain latency requirements. This will enable manufacturers to add Wi-Fi capabilities to a wide variety of battery-powered devices that are used for latency-sensitive multimedia applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) handsets, PDAs, laptops, gaming consoles and portable entertainment devices.

"WMM Power Save substantially minimizes the battery life and latency constraints that previously limited the application of Wi-Fi in consumer electronics," said Stephen Palm, Technical Director for Broadcom. "Broadcom's hardware partners can take advantage of our early certification and test bed participation to build products that not only provide enhanced QoS features, but also extend the battery life of mobile devices that are used for wireless voice and video applications."

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