Global Sources
EE Times-Asia
Stay in touch with EE Times Asia
EE Times-Asia > RF/Microwave

SoCs bring 5G WiFi to homes, small biz

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:5G WiFi? wireless SoC? 802.11ac SoC?

Broadcom Corp. has unveiled 5G WiFi SoCs designed to bring gigabit connectivity to the home and small to medium business networks. The SoCs combine a high performance processor, GbE switch, GbE PHYs, USB 3.0 and traffic accelerators all on a single chip.

As video and media consumption continues to grow, 5G WiFi enabled devices and services will play a critical role in delivering reliability, higher capacity and faster throughput.

The StrataGX series for SMB routers and network attached storage (NAS) devices and the BCM4708x series for home routers and gateways, offer a complete end-to-end solution to enable standalone platforms to achieve the Gigabit wireless rates that 5G WiFi can deliver. The resulting connectivity will enable multiple users in the home or office to simultaneously stream video content and high bandwidth application downloads 10x faster without the buffering and interruptions associated with current networks.

The new devices also feature Broadcom's Energy Efficient Ethernet functionality, delivering an additional 70 percent reduction in power consumption while networks are active and up to 95 percent during downtime, when two-thirds of energy costs are incurred.

Increased reliance on wireless networks, the explosion of video consumption, and growing number of wireless devices are all putting stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. 5G WiFi addresses these challenges, enabling mobile device users to stream digital content between devices faster, and simultaneously connect more wireless devices to home and enterprise networks, while conserving battery power.

The key features of the devices are 5G WiFi Gigabit connectivity to multiple consumer and SMB devices; acceleration engines optimized for 5G WiFi and over-the-top (OTT) direct-from-provider video/audio content; processing horsepower with increased CPU headroom that enables new applications such as cloud services; peripheral set that supports NFC, video/audio and network storage applications; integrated GbE PHY/switch and regulators that enable flexible, scalable solution for multiple GbE router platforms; and it has USB 3.0 to deliver up to 10x the transfer speed of USB 2.0 for high-speed storage.

The StrataGX BCM5301x and the BCM4708x series are sampling with production release slated for 2H12.

Article Comments - SoCs bring 5G WiFi to homes, small b...
*? You can enter [0] more charecters.
*Verify code:


Visit Asia Webinars to learn about the latest in technology and get practical design tips.

Back to Top